How You Can Elevate Your Status Without Changing Yourself with Dr. David Buss
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We can’t deny how much status means.
As we stand in line waiting to buy the newest iPhone, it’s clear we’re doing it for the status symbol. Our current one works just fine, but the newest model from the most futuristic company on the planet is the microphone we need to tell the world: “I am of high status."
On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by world-renowned evolutionary psychologist, Dr. David Buss, to discuss how we can raise our status. Professor Buss is the author of The New Science of the Mind, and currently teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan, and today he explains how the principles of evolutionary psychology can be applied to you and your business.
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Points to Keep In Mind
- Try to raise the status of your product
- From an evolutionary perspective, reproductively relevant resources accrue to those with the highest status
- Speak at conferences, no matter how big or small; reach out to the person in charge and say you will blast your email list
- Host networking events at your house once a month and invite people you want to connect with
- Bullying is a massive predictor for psychological problems
- Machiavellianism is a trait in people who pursue in an interpersonally exploitative strategy
- This can be masked in charisma
- Narcissism is a sense of entitlement and skewed value of others vs. value of themselves (welfare-tradeoff ratio)
- Agreeableness is flexibility, patience, gentleness, and forgiveness
- Conscientiousness is diligence, prudence, organization, and perfection
- High psychopathy scores are void of empathy and impermeable to learning how to improve
- Entrepreneurs score the worst on dark triad tests
- Narcissism is tied to creativity and intelligence
- Biggest red flags in long-term mate: high neuroticism or low agreeableness
- High psychopathy scores are incapable of being fixed
- Neuroticism is tied to people who cannot handle stress well
- Acquiring skills that most people don’t have is a minimum required skill
- Surround yourself with people who are most things normal
- The most powerful entrepreneurs are the most normal people
- Personality characteristics are half-heritable, half-environmental
- Watch ads and outline the psychological elements that tap into the 25 cognitive biases
- The Lollapalooza Effect is when so many cognitive biases are being hit that people can’t help but buy
- How we judge people is usually wrong
- People can change by tweaking certain characteristics but not fundamental core traits