Why It’s Hard to Shake a Bad Impression

  Negative reputations or bad first impressions are hard to change, even when they’re inaccurate or there’s a behavior change for the positive. Why is that? Dorie Clark, writing for hbr.org, explains: “… our brains are optimized to conserve energy; if there’s not a compelling reason to re-evaluate something, then we won’t.” People don’t consciously…

Steel Yourself From Contagious Secondhand Stress

Time and again, studies show that stress is contagious. And scientists assure us that humans’ inclinations to get swept up in each other’s moods and stressors is hardwired inside brain cells called mirror neurons—giving us the desirable qualities of empathy and the ability to understand each other on an emotional level. But how can we…