Two Guys On Your Head

Honesty And Happiness

Dec 13, 2018

If you've caught yourself wanting to lie in a social situation, you're not alone. Honesty is a huge part of trust in every relationship, but can be difficult to maintain across all sorts of interactions.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about honesty and happiness.       


On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke continue their discussion on leadership with a look at the psychology of leadership and the importance of trust.


If you're in a leadership position, you have to make some difficult decisions. Some of those decisions might put you in the doghouse for a while, but if you are motivated by the good of the group, as opposed to the need to be liked, things tend to work out better.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of leadership and being liked.

Having status can give you access to opportunities you wouldn't otherwise have, and losing it can be hard to deal with psychologically.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of status.

Humans are not rational beings, and when it comes to data this is blindingly evident. On this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about data and the brain.


Many times we use metaphors not only to illustrate what we are talking about but also to denote that we belong in a certain group. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of metaphors and framing discourse.


We might fancy ourselves as responsible, socially conscious people, but when new technologies like scooters are introduced into our environment, all that can easily fly out the window.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of scooter culture in Austin.


We might feel like we've been duped when we believe a lie someone has told us, and we may want to crawl in a hole when we share "fake news" on Facebook. But in actuality, we have evolved to trust rather than question, which is why our tendency toward credulity is easily taken advantage of.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of what is known as "gaslighting" and how to put checks in place so you are less susceptible to being taken for a ride.


When and why do we take risks? What goes into the process of remaking yourself at any age or stage of life? What is the role of grief when we talk about reinvention?

These are some of the questions we discussed with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke at a recent Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe.

On this episode of Two Guys on Your Head we hear just a little bit from that conversation about reinvention.


Can you remember what it was like for you to learn your native language?  Probably not, but why is that?

As humans, we begin learning to speak during the earliest stages of our lives, in infancy. Most people don’t have many accessible memories from this period of development. How do we do that?

If we can learn a language as infants, why is it so difficult to learn a second language later in life?

On this week’s episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Art Markman and Bob Duke explore how we learn a language.


Anger can create energy, it can be contagious and it can also motivate you to act. But if you want to get people to think and work together to create change, it's not the emotion you're looking for.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of weaponizing anger.

Time flies when you're having fun, the old saying goes. But how can time – maybe the most fundamental concept of the universe – feel different under different conditions?

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke – break down the factors influencing our perception of time.


A few weeks ago we came across an article on "The Cheerleader Effect," or the idea that people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation. Although there does seem to be evidence that this is true, we couldn't help but speculate as to why.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the possible psychology behind this phenomenon.

Praise always feels good to hear, but not all praise motivates us to try new things, challenge ourselves or deal with failure.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss how to praise in a productive and meaningful way.


Say a store you love changes hands and you aren't too fond of the new place. Why do you continue to go back when you know it's not the same?

Turns out a lot of psychology goes into the decision-making process around this dilemma.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art  Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about belief revision, exploitation versus exploration and switching costs.

We may think that civil discourse is a good idea, but when it gets down to practicing it, how skilled are we? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on the psychology of civility.


This week, the Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke, will toss around the topic of jerks – and provide some insightful, doctor-prescribed strategies for handling difficult people in our lives.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in a debate that it doesn't occur to us to change the frame of the conversation. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, however, it's important to find new ways to talk and think about things.

Last week's converstion on editing left us thinking: Maybe one reason people are hesitant to edit their work is because they might be seen as going back on their ideas, or flip-flopping.

In this week's eidtion of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why flip-flopping is seen as a negative thing, and how re-framing it could help you do better work and overcome your fear of changing your mind.


When we're just starting out as writers or artists it can be hard for us to go back to the drawing board after we've composed the first draft. But why is it easier to edit after years of experience?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of editing.

We might think that confidence is a performance and that some people are more believable than others because they exude a certainty that we don't have. However, it turns out that confidence comes with experience and knowledge, and that having some hesitation about accuracy can be beneficial.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of confidence.

As humans we like to categorize, and with services like Ancestry.com and 23 and Me, we have new ways to figure out where we fit and where we don't. But what can we really find out that we don't already know?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of DNA testing.

The idea that money doesn't make you happy is easy to get behind if you have it, but if you don't it's a hard sell. But the correlation between money and happiness is more complicated then one might think.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the relationship between money, security, opportunity and happiness.

We might take the card we swipe for granted at the grocery store when we buy food. We might look at our bank balance and not even think of how unique it is that we can translate those little numbers into experiences and things. It's merely one of the benefits of having big brains.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of how our brains determine value.

Framing negotiations in terms of winning and losing w can set us up for disappointment, not only when it comes to how we negotiate with others but also how we negotiate with ourselves.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke off some other options that might help us win no matter what.


Negotiation is a complicated process. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about some psychological elements that can make it a little easier.

Time is important, especially when it comes to the brain. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how our brains process and understand time, and how we can reorient our goals within tasks to stay motivated and get more done.

"People just don't have the attention spans they used to," is a popular refrain. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, we ask Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke if there's any truth to it.

Leadership is not as easy as it might appear. At times even leaders themselves might not be aware of everything that makes their leadership effective. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about leadership and muse about how it's easy to work harder than you need to.

Charismatic people have great vision. But a great leader also needs to make sure things get done. On this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore how you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to charisma. 


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