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How to Make the Most of Being an Emotional Neanderthal (Hint: You are and just don’t know it)

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  • My daughter came home from school a few years back and announced that as a modern human, I have 4% Neanderthal DNA still in me. We chuckled over a possible resemblance, but the thought stuck with me. Were obvious emotions like fear or anger in ancient people similar to feelings like defensiveness or frustration between people at work? Duke professor Mark Leary has an interesting answer based on his review of research across disciplines, including neuroscience and psychology. People across cultures, young and old, rural and urban, are living with five ancient instincts that trigger strong emotions to motivate specific behaviors. People have strong instincts to:

    By Dr. Jean Greaves

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