Before You WASTE Your Life Away, WATCH THIS! | Robert Greene

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with author Robert Greene discussing the primitive nature of the human brain and how emotions often govern our decisions, leading to a lack of awareness and dangerous beliefs about our rationality.

The video features an interview with author Robert Greene, who discusses the concept of a "culture of bs" and the importance of understanding how emotions influence our decision-making. He explains that while humans have a unique form of consciousness, our brains have not evolved much over time, and we are still governed by primitive emotions. This lack of awareness can be dangerous, as we often believe we are making rational decisions when in reality, our emotions are heavily influencing us. Greene emphasizes the importance of understanding this dynamic in order to make better decisions and avoid wasting our lives.

  • Humans have a form of consciousness that comes with a price.
  • Our brains haven't changed much through evolution, but our knowledge has increased.
  • Emotions tend to govern much of our thinking because they are more powerful than the signals from the frontal cortex.
  • People in marketing know how deeply emotions infect our decisions.
  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our emotions and how they affect our decisions.
  • It is dangerous to be unaware of our emotions.
  • The key to being truly rational is the ability to step back and analyze our emotions.
  • Emotions help us make decisions and identify opportunities and dangers.
  • Training yourself to be aware of your emotions is essential.

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The Primitive Nature of the Human Brain

  • Humans have a form of consciousness that comes with a price.
  • Our brains haven't changed much through evolution, but our knowledge has increased.
  • Our brain is structured in a hierarchical manner, with the most primitive layers at the bottom.
  • Emotions tend to govern much of our thinking because they are more powerful than the signals from the frontal cortex.
  • People in marketing know how deeply emotions infect our decisions.
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The Culture of BS

  • Humans are not aware of how deeply emotions are infecting their decisions in day-to-day life.
  • People in marketing have been studying psychological experiments since the 1950s to manipulate people.
  • Our decisions are largely based on emotions, which is called the effective heuristic.
  • We walk around thinking that we're making decisions rationally, but we're not.
  • The lack of awareness that we are not rational is very dangerous.
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The Laws of Human Nature

  • The laws of human nature are about understanding the irrational parts of ourselves.
  • People are not aware of how deeply their emotions are infecting their decisions.
  • People tend to believe that they are rational when they are not.
  • People need to understand the laws of human nature to make better decisions.
  • People need to be aware of their emotions and how they are affecting their decisions.
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The Importance of Self-Awareness

  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our emotions and how they affect our decisions.
  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our strengths and weaknesses.
  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our biases and how they affect our decisions.
  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our values and how they affect our decisions.
  • Self-awareness is the key to understanding our purpose and how it affects our decisions.
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The Primitive Nature of the Human Brain

  • Humans are mostly governed by emotional responses to the world around us.
  • Studies of people with brain defects show that our minds work rapidly to deliver socially acceptable reasons for our behavior, even if they are not the real reasons.
  • Our brains need emotions to trigger awareness and rational responses.
  • The problem is that we have no distance from our emotions, so we cannot analyze whether our emotional response is rational or not.
  • The ability to step back and analyze our emotions is the key to being truly rational.
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The Importance of Emotions in Decision-Making

  • Emotions are essential to the rational process.
  • Emotions trigger awareness and rational responses.
  • The problem is that we have no distance from our emotions, so we cannot analyze whether our emotional response is rational or not.
  • The ability to step back and analyze our emotions is the key to being truly rational.
  • Emotions are not something to be repressed or subtracted from our decision-making process.
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The Danger of Unawareness of Emotions

  • It is dangerous to be unaware of our emotions.
  • Our emotions can trigger dangerous responses.
  • Our emotions can be out of proportion to the actual problem or threat.
  • Our emotions can be related to nothing real.
  • It is important to analyze our emotions and ask ourselves why we are feeling a certain way.
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The Key to Being Truly Rational

  • The key to being truly rational is the ability to step back and analyze our emotions.
  • We need to train ourselves to do this because it is not natural to who we are.
  • We need to ask ourselves why we are feeling a certain way and whether our emotional response is proportional to the threat or opportunity.
  • We need to wait and see how we feel tomorrow before making a decision based on our emotions today.
  • We need to be aware of the hyper-social media environment that can trigger constant rage and anger that is often not related to anything real.
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The Importance of Emotions

  • The brain is an organic thing where everything works together.
  • People who have brain damage that blocks emotions can't make rational decisions.
  • Emotions help us make decisions and identify opportunities and dangers.
  • Repressing emotions can lead to other problems.
  • We need a little bit of distance to be able to reflect on our emotions and understand their roots.
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Practicing Awareness

  • We don't like pain and want our lives to be pleasurable.
  • Bad social interactions cause the most psychological pain.
  • Emotions can drag us along and cause havoc.
  • Understanding the problem is the first step to tackling it.
  • Meditation and journaling are powerful tools for practicing awareness.
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Training Yourself

  • Training yourself to be aware of your emotions is essential.
  • Something triggers an emotional response every day.
  • Ask yourself what you're feeling, what the cause is, and what the roots of that feeling are.
  • Is the feeling real or just contagious from what others are getting angry about?
  • Practicing this one thing can help you gain control over your actions.
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Reflecting on Your Thoughts and Emotions

  • Reflecting on your thoughts and emotions can help you gain distance and control over them.
  • During meditation, emotions and thoughts may start welling up.
  • Picture your thoughts and emotions as being two feet away from you.
  • Catch yourself when you're reacting emotionally and step back.
  • Reflecting on your thoughts and emotions can help you gain control over your actions.
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The Primitive Nature of the Human Brain

  • Emotions often govern our decisions, leading to a lack of awareness and dangerous beliefs about our rationality.
  • Our brains are primitive and have not evolved to keep up with the rapid pace of technological advancements.
  • Our brains are conditioned by our environment, culture, and the people around us.
  • Our thoughts are not entirely our own, as we inherit language and are conditioned by our parents and the media.
  • We need to be able to turn off the constant stream of information and take breaks from social media to avoid being controlled by it.
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The Difficulty of Self-Understanding

  • It is difficult to have self-understanding because of the many factors that can influence us, including our childhood, the media, and our environment.
  • Most people lack the nuance to differentiate between their own thoughts and external influences.
  • Information is coming at us so quickly that it is hard to keep up with it all.
  • Self-understanding requires turning inward and asking ourselves questions to discern what is truly our own thoughts and needs.
  • Our thoughts are not entirely our own, but there is something that we can say is us.
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The Influence of the Media

  • The media has a powerful influence on our thoughts and beliefs.
  • People are easily swayed by the media and those who know more about a topic than they do.
  • The media fills our brains with junk and information that we don't need.
  • Marketers are masters at manipulating us through social media and know how to press all of our buttons.
  • We are conditioned and become prisoners of social media if we cannot turn it off and take breaks from it.
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The Importance of Taking Control

  • We need to take control of our thoughts and not let external influences control us.
  • We need to have distance from social media and not be conformists.
  • We should only share things that are truly affecting us as individuals and that we are excited about.
  • We need to be aware of our conditioning and strive for self-understanding.
  • We need to turn off the constant stream of information and take breaks from social media to avoid being controlled by it.
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The Danger of Conditioning

  • Human beings are conditioned by their environment and culture.
  • Social media and media in general are designed to hit our anger buttons.
  • People often react emotionally instead of analyzing things.
  • It's important to be aware of our conditioning and take control of the process.
  • Analyzing things instead of reacting is a fun and pleasurable mental exercise.
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The Key to Taking Control

  • Awareness is the key to taking control of our conditioning.
  • Instead of reacting, we should think and study.
  • Studying and analyzing things is more entertaining than getting emotionally involved.
  • It's important to be careful about the books we read and the TV shows we watch.
  • Stepping back and analyzing is incredibly exciting.
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The Importance of Common Ground

  • People are splitting into camps and conditioning themselves to think in the right way.
  • It's important to find common ground and be more open-minded and mentally flexible.
  • Conditioning can come from parents, media, or other sources.
  • Unwinding conditioning is a process that requires awareness and analysis.
  • It's important to recognize our conditioning and recondition ourselves.
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The Power of Rational Thought

  • Emotions often govern our decisions, leading to dangerous beliefs about our rationality.
  • Rational thought is the key to making good decisions.
  • People should strive to make decisions based on rational thought instead of emotions.
  • Social media can be used for the spreading of actual ideas that have been rationally thought out.
  • Being able to do this puts us in control of the monster that is social media.
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The Dangers of Emotional Decision Making

  • Emotions often govern our decisions.
  • Facebook arguments are pointless and meaningless.
  • It's easy to respond to the emotions of other people.
  • Self-analysis is empowering and exciting.
  • Conditioning affects our opinions and beliefs.
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The Importance of Self-Reflection

  • Most people are blind to their conditioning.
  • Self-reflection is not universal, but it can be fun.
  • Understanding why people do what they do is interesting.
  • Self-analysis is a good place to start when considering a life well-lived.
  • Self-reflection can be empowering and help you achieve your goals.
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The Definition of Power

  • Power is often seen as a dirty word.
  • Humans naturally want power and control over their lives.
  • Power is the ability to guide yourself through a dangerous and competitive world.
  • Power is knowledge, ideas, and understanding how to navigate a complicated world.
  • Power is not about hurting or destroying others.
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The Importance of Realizing Your Potential

  • Most people want to realize their goals and potential.
  • Wasting time on the internet and being affected by the emotions of others is a waste of potential.
  • Creating a business, making a film, or starting a business are examples of realizing your potential.
  • Assuming that you want to realize your potential, self-reflection can help you achieve your goals.
  • Self-reflection is a good place to start when considering a life well-lived.
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