Recent News of Relevance to Men
In his recent article in the British newspaper The Guardian, journalist Ally Hogg outlines the plight of the young male in the modern western world. A world it seems is now geared towards circumstances where women work longer hours and in higher paid jobs than their male counterparts. Excellent reading to accompany the recent newsletter article by Dr. Paul on this very subject.
Buddhist monks with no formal training in negotiation are better at separating logic from emotion during a heated negotiation, recent research suggests. According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, Buddhist meditators performed better than a control group of non-meditators in accessing portions of the brain devoted to logic, while deactivating emotional circuits of the brain, when evaluating offers in a heated negotiation.
It's the age-old question of what motivates us.
One of the ways of looking at a guy who seems to have a problem with motivation is this: is he even interested in what he is trying to get motivated to do?
And if he isn't motivated, could it potentially be that what he tries to set himself about doing is wrong for him, not suited to him, won't in the end be the reward he really wants if successful, and therefore it's all for the best that he not be motivated at that item?
An online article from The Wall Street Journal's 'Speakeasy' here describes how the tactics of top CIA operatives can be used to help advance your career or 'mission' progress. Secrecy and strategic thinking are vital parts of masculine instinct and are as old as men themselves. Where there there are groups of people there is politics and strategic communication.
In a recent scientific study, women ranked photos of men smiling to be less attractive than photos in which the men were not smiling, or were brooding. The study helps explain the enduring appeal of "bad boys" to women, announced University of British Columbia in a press release.
Some of us remember when St. John's Wort was all the rage for depression treatment as a "natural" substance - until more recent research showed more dubious "results" for its effectiveness. Go to a Whole Foods and see the vast isles of colorfully decorated bottles of vitamin mixtures of all kinds, touting "new, improved" health. You'll find the men-specific part of the aisle is still about seven feet long compared to the rest of the warehouse that so appeals to women and their interest in "health."
Men and women are equal. Equal under the law, and equal in career opportunity. But men and women are not the same.