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7 weird things money does to your brain



Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships, and how we think.  As you might imagine, a lot of stuff is going on in our brains when we think about money, and some of it is surprising. Researchers in the emerging field of neuroeconomics are drawing on psychology, neuroscience, and economics to give us picture of the human brain on money. Let’s take a look.

1. Money kills empathy.

According to research, money actually reduces empathy and compassion. One of the key ways humans feel empathy is through reading the facial expressions of other humans. Seeing that someone has a sad face triggers you to feel sad, too. But if you’re rich, not so much. Michael Kraus, the co-author of a study discussed in Time, told the magazine that people with fewer economic resources are conditioned to respond to numerous vulnerabilities and threats, which means they have to be more attuned to social cues. “You really need to depend on others so they will tell you if a social threat or opportunity is coming and that makes you more perceptive of emotions.” Rich people can just sail along without worrying about so many threats, so they tend to ignore how others feel.

Money also makes people behave more aggressively towards others. Even fake money can do it: in a UC Berkeley study, researchers watched two students playing Monopoly, one with much more Monopoly money than the other. At first, the inequality seemed to make the richer student uncomfortable, but soon enough the student with more money got aggressive, smacking his pieces around and taunting the impoverished player. Paul Piff and his fellow psychologists have consistently found that high socio­economic status and interpersonal disregard are closely linked. So much for noblesse oblige.

2. Losing money hurts, literally.

The loss of money is known to share a similar psychological and physiological system with physical pain. Researchers have found that money is actually a pain buffer. In one experiment, participants were asked to rate their response to hot water after counting money. The more money counted, the less pain felt. On the other hand, people who had recently lost money rated the hot water as more painful.  Research also reveals that the anticipation of pain heightens the desire for money.

People also hate losing money more than they love making it. Psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman has suggested this aversion to loss may have evolutionary roots. For the primitive human, threats or losses were a higher priority than opportunities, because an opportunity might come again, but a threat could be your last.

3. More money, fewer ethics.

Just thinking about money can cause you to behave unethically. Researchers from Harvard and the University of Utah found that people were more likely to lie and make immoral decisions after being exposed to money-related words. The mere exposure to the concept of money set off a “business decision frame” in study participants, causing them to think narrowly in terms of cost-benefit calculations and further their own interests without giving a damn about moral niceities.

Money makes you dangerous, too. Researchers at Berkeley observed crosswalks in San Francisco and found that people driving luxury cars were three times less likely than those in more modest vehicles to give the right away to pedestrians, and they were four times more likely to cut off other drivers.

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The problem does not get resolved by getting angry, the solution comes when you learn to calm the mind to see clearly.

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Why Does Islam Forbid Interest? (Video)

info-pictogram1 So you think it’s okay to have loads of cash in the bank and live off the accrued interest? Well it’s not, it’s a major sin. The ethical precedent of justice and fairness set by Islam was shown in a recent Gallup Poll Survey that found Muslims as being the most generous in giving donations to charitable causes in the U.K. [not surprisingly, Atheists were bottom of the list!] In his Last Sermon, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphatically destroyed the tyranny of Interest till the End Times by saying, “Allah has forbidden you to take Usury (Riba), therefore all Riba obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your (lawfully earned) Capital, however, is yours to keep. From now on, you must neither inflict nor suffer inequity (in all aspects).” Capitalism is in its death throes. But what will happen after the next Credit Crunch Tsunami hits? Eventually tyranny must be replaced by justice. Muslims await the second coming of Jesus (peace be upon him), who will be heralded before his arrival by a character known as Imam Mahdi [following in the footsteps of John the Baptist, who heralded Jesus more than 2000 years ago] who will make sure the weak and downtrodden are looked after. The Mahdi will give out so much wealth to the poor that they will be unable to carry it away. The only question is… when? Allah Knows best. Just be on the right side. The least you can do is acknowledge the just ethics of Islam, even if you detest the Religion. May God Guide us all.
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Boko Haram does not represent Islam

“Boko Haram does not represent Islam” ” The media is mistaken by saying “Islamists” because that means ‘a person who practises Islam’ like Chemist from Chemistry or Biologist from Biology. They (Boko Haram) are either people driven to an insane frenzy or paid agents causing a bad image for Islam and destabilizing the country. Either way Islam and true Muslims should in no way be stigmatized or scorned. Muslims are suffering from these fanatical attacks as in other parts of the world. Islam has been a powerful force in these lands for over a thousand years and will not be driven out Insha Allah. Islamic culture and ethics in Nigeria can rival any part of the Muslim world. Look at the entrance to the Central Masjid of Abuja, Nigeria (correction of last photo) and pray for peace, stability and justice in these ancient lands.

By: Abdullah Hakim Quick

Money does not change people, it only exposes them (IMAGE)


Your nationality, wealth, position, race or religion does not give you the right to abuse others or treat them like dirt.

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What does your tongue say about you? (IMAGE)