Surprise Earthquake

KTLA Anchors dives under their news desk when a 4.4 Earthquake hit Los Angeles.

Take a look at the expression of surprise on the anchorman’s face!

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The Wrath of a Great Leader: Martin Luther King Junior

KeYilToday, we celebrate the achievements of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a moral and spiritual leader who became a giant of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s.

An article on Inc. written by Hitendra Wadhwa, a professor at Columbia Business School explores how MLK wrestled with anger and what we can learn from his example.

He says “Average leaders focus on results, and that’s it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors. One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we commemorate today, knew of the power that came packed in this emotion.”

Dr. Martin Luther King was provoked time and time again, not only by being physically attacked and threatened, but by being harassed and even vilified by fellow black leaders.

Wadhwa says that “great leaders often have a strong capacity to experience anger” but that they “also know the downside of anger, and wage a firm battle to tame it within themselves.”

He concludes his article by stating “Great leaders do not ignore their anger, nor do they allow themselves to get consumed by it. Instead, they channel the emotion into energy, commitment, sacrifice, and purpose. They use it to step up their game.  And they infuse people around them with this form of constructive anger so they, too, can be infused with energy commitment, sacrifice and purpose.”

To read the complete article, take a look here

From Disgust to Deceit

Disgust Look -People With Severe Depression Have Difficultly Recognizing Disgust - HumintellNew research, published in Organisational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, suggest feelings of disgust lead to increases in deceitful behavior that would benefit the self.

In their first experiment, researchers had participants rate consumer products that are known to elicit a disgust response – such as diapers and diarrhea medicine – or neutral consumer products – such as vitamins and pens. They were then tasked to flip a coin. If it landed on heads, the participants could earn $2. If it landed on tails, there was no promise of money. Some participants were told the reverse. The coin flip was committed alone and participants were later asked to report the result. This presented a dilemma of sorts: the participants could lie, get the US$2 and never be found out.

So what happened when participants were left alone to flip the coin? 63% of the disgusted and 52% of the control participants reported a favorable coin flip. Remembering that odds are 50% for a favorable outcome, researchers concluded it’s clear that the disgusted participants were engaging in higher levels of deception.

In a second experiment, participants were asked to describe either their most disgusting experience or a typical uneventful evening. Those who described their most disgusting experience were nearly twice as likely as the others to lie about solving anagrams in order to obtain more credit for completing a survey. How did the researchers know participants were lying? One of the anagrams was impossible to solve.

The researchers also ran two other experiments to test their theory with the same result: those who felt disgust were more likely to participate in deceitful behavior.

For more details about this study, visit this link. For past blog posts regarding the topic of the emotion of disgust, visit this link.

Gestures from Around the World

In general, we tend to think it’s best not to insult your host country when traveling abroad. So before you may unintentionally offend someone in another culture, take a look at this guide to hand gestures around the world.

For more information on gestures, take a look at our World of Gestures webinar recording

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How You Walk Can Impact Your Mood

Recent research has suggested that the way in which you walk can impact your mood.

In the video below, Janine Drive, President of the Body Language Institute, joins the TODAY show to analyze the strides of their anchors and says that physically changing the way we walk can affect how we feel.

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