Instinct: How Our Biology Hijacks Our Happiness (And How to Fix It) (Paperback)

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Instinct: How Our Biology Hijacks Our Happiness (And How to Fix It) (Paperback)


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Evolutionary biologist Rebecca Heiss reveals the science behind our self-sabotaging behaviors that undermine our productivity, success, and happiness: instincts developed hundreds of thousands of years ago that are devastatingly mismatched to our current environments--and offers simple, actionable techniques to redirect those instincts to work for us rather than against us.


Why do we constantly feel overwhelmed by stress, dissatisfied in our careers and relationships, and lacking in real purpose? Why do we seem to sabotage ourselves, hampering our productivity and success? The answer lies in our instincts . . .

In every area of life, from business to relationships to health, we act on outdated instincts that were built to help us survive a world ruled by scarcity and danger. But in today's world, those same instincts stop us from succeeding in the environment in which we actually live: a diverse world of abundant choices, and almost limitless connections.

Now evolutionary biologist Dr. Rebecca Heiss offers a new approach that harnesses the power of our instincts, and redirects them to work for us rather than against us. Dr. Heiss reveals the science behind our self-sabotaging behaviors, then provides simple, actionable techniques that can rebuild our instinctive minds.

Both practical and inspiring, Instinct is a roadmap that anyone can use to finally stop living on autopilot, improve productivity and happiness, and consciously craft a better life.
Praise for Instinct

"A read for all Spartans and leaders looking to break out of the ruts of their ancestral brain pathways and charge through the discomfort to success!"  
Joe De Sena, Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and New York Times bestselling author of Spartan Up!
“Finally, leaders have a way to better understand the biological reasons why they get stuck when trying to develop and improve certain leadership competencies related to Emotional Intelligence. This book is a missing piece for all leaders dedicated to the pursuit of increasing their performance and enhancing their lies.”  
Heather Anderson, International Speaker, Trainer and Coach Emotional Intelligence.
“A practical manual for the inquisitive learner who is evaluating ways to improve outcomes in relationships and increase productivity in business.”  
Harold Hughes, Founder & CEO of Bandwagon
“In Instinct, Dr. Heiss brings a biologist’s perspective to understanding human behaviors that psychologists have studied for years.  Her novel approach shines a unique new light on learning how to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.”  
Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD.  Former President, American Psychological Association
Rebecca Heiss, Ph.D. has spent her career unpacking the paradoxes of the way humans think, and her research has been designated "transformative" by the National Science Foundation. She taught at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics and later was recruited to be among the founding faculty members to develop a startup school to nurture entrepreneurial minds and approach learning through impact. She is the founder and CEO of Icueity, a continuous 360° review app providing users ongoing fearless feedback and challenging them to grow in self-awareness. Visit Dr. Heiss' Website at
Product Details ISBN: 9780806541044
ISBN-10: 0806541040
Publisher: Citadel
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2079
Pages: 336
Language: English