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Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work by Mark Bowden

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Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Week One You

Day One: Shared Instincts

Impulse Buying

Primary Schooling

Suppressing Thoughts

Ingrained Habits

The Unconscious Process

Out of Control

Day One Action

Day Two: Snap Judgments

Get Away from Her, You B#%$*!

We’re Still Collating

I Think It’s Safe to Assume It Isn’t a Zombie

This or That?

We’re All Gonna Die, Man!

Day Two Action

Day Three: Default to the Negative

Rumsfeld

I’ll Wake the President

Crisis of Confidence

I Do Not Like Broccoli

Expect the Worst

Act Today to Preserve Today

Day Three Action

Day Four: Best-Fit Thinking

Pacino or De Niro?

If the Cap Fits . . . It Must at Least Be on a Head?

Pattern Recognition

Day Four Action

Day Five: Friend, Enemy, Sexual Partner, or Indifferent

Categorically Thinking

So What?

Fitting In

You’re Fit for Work

Again, So What?

Trust in Behavior

Day Five Action

Day Six: Moods and Emotions

Are You Feeling Blue?

In the Mood for Anger?

What Started This?

Change = Threat

Pull the Trigger

Find What You’re Looking For

Day Six Action

Day Seven: The Spice of Life

Chemical Dependence

Diminished Responsibility

Hell’s Seesaw

Day Seven Action

Week Two Relationships

Day Eight: Relationships Are Dyadic

Madonna’s First Imprint

Ducks in a Row

The Born Identity

I Blame The Parents

Day Eight Action

Day Nine: Opposites Attract

You Complete Me

Attractive

Where’s the Romance Gone?

Trophies and Gold Diggers

See That Really Annoying Person? It’s You!

Old-Brain Logic

Day Nine Action

Day Ten: BFFs

Me, Again

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