how hardwired is human behaiour

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Mona Lorraine M TomboJuly 25 2014


Nigel Nicholson’s article is very informative which gives emphasis on how the evolutionary psychology affects the way human beings think, feel and act on certain situations. The evolutionary psychologists point out that human brain has not change, therefore modern man maintains the mind of his stoneage ancestors. “That mind, is hardwired in ways that govern most human behavior to this day.” The author, suggests that eolutionary psycology is now well established enough that its insights into human insticnt will prove illuminating to those who want to understand why people think and act the way they do in organizational setiings. This could be useful to managers because it provides a new way to think about human behaviour – which helps them to know how to relate with people. In “Emotion before Reason”, most people react to situations or based their decisions on what their instinct is telling them. In organizations, managers should not assume that they can balance positive and negative messages because even the most sensible employees cannot seem to receive feedbacks constructively, and because of the primacy of emotions, people hear bad news first and loudest. “Classification before Calculus” remains with us today. ‘Humans tend to stereotype people based on very small pieces of evidence mainly their looks and few few readily apparent behaviors’. People naturally sort others into in-groups and out-groups just by their looks and actions. We subconsciously label other people. Managers are also like that in fact they sorrt their employees into winners and losers early a few weeks after starting to work with them. People are complex and many sided, but it is illuminating to know that we are actually programmed not to see them that way. This perhaps helps to explain why despite the efforts of manager some groups within organizations find it hard to mix. With our advanced education, we are...
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