The human brain is a remarkably lazy organ. It is designed to accomplish a task with the least amount of effort possible. It starts out programed with but one success strategy: to cry.
When a baby is hungry, or wet, or poopy, or gassy, the baby cries. Eventually the parents figure out what is bothering the baby; they feed it or change it or burp it, and the baby stops crying. The success strategy worked.
Some people never learn a different success strategy. You know who they are, whether at school, at work, at church or any social gathering. They cry and fuss and throw a tempertantrum until they get what they want.
Most learn a different success strategy: appeasement (aka brown-nosing). Others learn to get what they want by attacking others; bullies fall into this category, as to gossips and back-biters.
When someone’s success strategy no longer works, all hell breaks loose for awhile, as their brain tries time and time again to succeed with what has always worked in the past – then tries all kinds of different strategies until something finally results in the individual getting what he or she wants. A new success strategy is then adopted.
Recognizing people’s success strategies is important, if you want to be able to direct their thinking and actions.
Something to think about. Because, like it or not, each one of us can be controlled, directed and manipulated by someone who knows how this works, unless you know how this game is being played.