Study explains why we brag
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in
- Duration 4:41
- Date May 13, 2012
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in
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Welcome back well everybody brags even the president of the United States.
I was able to sign historic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan.
The defines a new kind of relationship between our countries I've been pushing congress.
To help us get their by passing a few.
Common sense policies I -- that I go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot -- And I did.
I I it according to then bragging triggers the same pleasure in the brain as food and money says so does this give -- -- to -- joining us now is Fox News contributor.
And psychiatrist doctor Keith -- -- -- nice to see this morning.
Great to see -- so what is it about bragging that is so old.
We're comparing it to food apparently smiling for food so what what is it what about bragging is so delicious.
Well let me tell you what I think about that but.
-- actually feels good people -- with -- thing or you raise your hand in class call me call me we'll scientists have found out.
They're talking about yourself your thoughts your feelings.
This triggers this same parts of the brain that drugs.
Alcohol and food.
Trigger this limbic system in the brain and people will in these studies at Harvard -- to talk about themselves rather than getting paid.
The talk -- -- somebody else this is remarkable.
Exactly what you're talking about here this sort penny for your thoughts participants gave up look at this between 17%.
And 25% of the potential earnings.
Just to talk about themselves so they'd rather sacrifice cash.
In order to brag about themselves.
Yes indeed and listen this predicts some pretty rough going here because we've got now so many tools.
The talk about ourselves and mind blowing.
Literally mind blowing you can forget how to think.
Because you're so busy on FaceBook and Twitter.
Just tell people what you think.
It -- feels so good that it becomes like an addiction to the exclusion.
Of everything else 40% now.
Of what we do with every day is talk about ourselves that's an amazing that this raises it to say yes 40% of every day speech is devoted to telling people about things that we've accomplished.
But I have to imagine -- There's got to be a significant downside right those people we sort of admire and look to.
Don't often talk about themselves right wouldn't it be refreshing to have -- president of the United States -- speaker Boehner and and representative Ryan and Harry Reid up at the podium and say you know what we couldn't have done it.
-- every one.
We not not really couldn't have done -- we.
All should have done.
A quick excursion into Obama -- this is of course the first Internet president business owner likes to be on men's fashion magazines this is somebody.
Who was addicted to marijuana apparently at one time is -- this is a different kind of guy he's at the end of the line in terms and our systems and -- and it looks like.
But look all of us.
Want to be reflective we want to think about the world.
What should happen with others as well be there for our families and our kids and -- -- notion is that kind of drug.
It's exactly -- those who would want you not to take charge of your life when you're counseling not to help take charge of the country would advise when you're counseling somebody and there's a funny SNL character -- to Kristen Wiig plays where she has to one up someone every time they say something.
They say some things as well I went to camp also -- -- good.
-- when you see someone like that how do you get them to stop bragging and just let other people enjoy what they've done and their accomplishments.
Here's the thing people who Bragg who do it incessantly -- people who have deep questions about their worth.
They're self esteem because if you didn't you'd be very quiet you'd listen you'd wait for people to come to you and huge surprise in the today have you done anything with your life.
Well actually won the Pulitzer Prize but it's not in other words those self effacing people -- really powerful ones.
The people with deep spiritual values as well there's a famous quote I don't know who said -- but I love -- those for whom god is dead worship each other.
We might also say those -- who have no spiritual core worship themselves.
Fascinating stuff doc and I appreciate I I'm sorry I have to cut you off.
But I've got more talk to do so I cannot wait a note I have more to say no I'm sorry I don't I've got to hear myself can I got -- I -- what we -- to -- we got to cut him no wait that is Mike please wait wait get a cut.