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Understanding human nature

Why are we like this?

I think I'm not alone when I say that sometimes I'm perplexed and don't understand why some people behave the way behave, or even sometimes I don't understand my own behavior.

I dare to say that this is the most important topic that I have decided to study so far. Understanding the motivations and impulses of people even when they themselves are unaware of the principles that are operating in their way of acting, is eye-opening and jaw-dropping.

The fact that we can understand that these motivations and impulses also leads us to make often wrong decisions is crucial to being successful in life because our talents have limits. If we do not understand the animal world of which we are still a part, we will forever walk around with our naive faces, not understanding the sudden changes of people and we will find ourselves defenseless.

We need to know how to navigate the world of people since we are social animals and therefore understanding the rules of the game of human relations is key to playing our game in the way that best positions us and represents the least disadvantages for us.

It is much easier with this understanding to be able to detach from our emotions, and even develop genuine empathy for others, which also leads to experiencing deeper levels of happiness.

On the other hand, we humans are always showing the face that is acceptable to the world. There is a part of us that is only seen by accident in those moments when we have a lot of pressure, and that we leak out those micro-expressions that reveal our true thoughts, intentions and feelings. Can you imagine being able to read people beyond their masks? Can you imagine how much pain and disappointment you could save yourself if you could better understand these signs?

Human nature is stronger than any individual, institution or technology. It directs our works and moves us like chess pawns.

You will ignore these laws at your own risk.

As social animals, our lives depend on the relationships we forge. That is why our talent, knowledge and competence are not enough: knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can master.

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