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Bizarre Humanity Facts to Blow Your Mind

Bizarre Humanity Facts to Blow Your Mind

The modern world has many peculiar facts that make one wonder why do people do what they do. To keep your mind busy while waiting in the crowded noon traffic, here are some philosophical thoughts about our weird world. At first sight, they may seem plain and worthless. But think twice and your mind will never be the same again, as each and every one of these can change the way you see our world.

Humans are not creatures of reason; we are led by hormones

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    Hormones and their balance make humans act in one way or another, and all the main quests in life are somehow related to the amount of hormones in the body. Love comes from hormone release; the struggle to be an overachiever in life and career also comes from hormones, and even the fun activities we undertake are hormone-related – remember adrenaline?

    The modern lifestyle resembles clinical death

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    socially wired

      The new lifestyle keeps one connected to a wide range of electronic devices, just like a comatose patient is connected to multiple devices to keep him alive, even if he is brain dead. Pretty much in the same way, nowadays we depend entirely on our mobile devices to survive. Imagine a week-long blackout: Would you make it alive?

      Religious humanity fact: Jesus was punished exclusively by men

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        No woman in history judged or tried to punish Jesus, not even Pilates’ wife, who tries to help Jesus to get away from her husband’s revenge. This is one interesting entry in the book of the humanity facts that can really make you re-think our social order and gender roles.

        The biggest revolutions in history belonged to individuals

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          Lone people began the most important revolutionary acts in history, turning the wheels for all of humanity. Examples include Jesus, Marx and Luther. Revolutions didn’t belong to the masses; instead, they came from one man with lots of charisma and a strong will. Being a great leader was mandatory to start a movement. Thus, these individuals managed to rule parts of the entire world for a second in history. And they made it to this list of bizarre humanity facts.

          Democratic regimes consume what dictatorial regimes have produced

          democracy painted ship

            The history is full of examples of democratic regimes that relied on the industry, infrastructure and stocks made by the dictatorial regime they’ve destroyed. This is usually hidden to the masses because it is one of those humanity facts that can make people think and may cause social and political instability.

            The modern day human disposes of rubbish items, but keeps rubbish people

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            graffiti and rubbish bins

              Once, people used to mend everything around them, from the tiniest household objects to the most important relationships. The Industrial Revolution and modern-day consumerism have made people dispose of broken items and stick to bad people. To prove this fact, just ask your grandma what she would do with a broken item, let’s say a couple of old shirts. She will find at least 5 uses for them, none of which you could think of.

              A politician is an inverted Robin Hood

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                Most politicians gather money from the poor to give it to the rich. And the people still give them votes each time they ask. In other words, humanity gets to vote on who will rob them daily.

                Humanity was once terrorized by boredom, now it is bored by terrorism

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                  One of the weirdest facts switched upside down by history is that people were once very bored and tried to entertain with the most cruel, bizarre and outrageous things, like those presented by the circus of P. T. Barnum. Nowadays, terrorism is one of the most boring acts, as it is highly common all over the world and we are exposed to it daily.

                  It takes some madness to be a world leader

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                    Or even just a president. The fact is that all great rulers in history suffered from a degree of insanity. Some used it in all wrong ways, like Hitler, others used it to conquer the world or die trying, like Alexander the Great. And who could forget about Genghis Khan? If you stop a minute and analyze all the great leaders in history, you will find a couple of signs which will prove this theory.

                    Humans are the only creatures that pay to live on Earth

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                      We pay for goods, food, fun, services and pretty much everything that can keep us alive and create those touching, quality moments with friends and family. Think: When was the last time you enjoyed a great moment without having to pay for anything? Even when you go to the park with your kids, you pay for something to enjoy those moments more. This is one of the lesser-thought humanity facts, but we all feel its effects upon us at a personal level.

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                      Last Updated on April 6, 2020

                      10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                      10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                      Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

                      Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

                      Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

                      So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

                      1. Be Authentic

                      To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

                      Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

                      Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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                      2. Listen

                      Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

                      To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

                      Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

                      Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                      3. Become an Expert

                      Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

                      You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

                      4. Lead with Story

                      From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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                      If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

                      5. Lead by Example

                      It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

                      ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

                      We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

                      6. Catch People Doing Good

                      A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

                      Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

                      7. Be Effusive with Praise

                      It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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                      Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

                      8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

                      I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

                      The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

                      If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

                      9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

                      The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

                      The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

                      If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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                      10. Understand Your Lane

                      If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

                      Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

                      You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

                      It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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