Is trust an amygdala issue?

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The Mindful Self-Express

One of the most important decisions you make in life is deciding who to trust. Trusting the wrong person can result in abusive relationships, date rape, being taken advantage of, financial losses, next morning “walks of shame” and many other undesirable outcomes. It would be nice if the sociopaths who lurk amongst us actually looked suspicious and the psychopaths wore labels saying “Be scared, be very scared!” Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact research shows that people with narcissistic personalities who tend to manipulate other people for their own selfish ends actually present as especially charming and attractive on first impression. They also are more likely to have high-status jobs or possessions. So how do you avoid the con man or serial seducer? Understanding your brain’s automatic wiring may hold the key. ….[READ]

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