MixFix Recover Review: Is Not Having Hangovers Bad?

Today we're going to explore a new supplement called MixFix RECOVER.

It's a hangover remedy that works through several mechanisms: improving liver enzymes, providing essential nutrients, vitamins, and electrolytes, all using a rapid delivery and absorption system in the form of a powder that is mixed with water post drinking.

We at PsychInsider first came by this product through a friend just weeks ago and didn't think much of it until we tried it and saw a dramatic drop in next morning hangover symptoms, most notable being decreases in nausea.

But our interest in MixFix wasn't as consumers looking to avoid hangovers, but as researchers wondering about the impact such a supplement could possibly have.

For hundreds of years, hangovers have been a part of human life...

What, if anything good, could come from a future in which people no longer needed to trudge through those horrific mornings after having a few too many?

It was a question worth looking into...

We wanted to know if MixFix RECOVER would usher in a new era of drinking debauchery.

We wanted to know if the ability to drink without experiencing the negative consequences would create more alcoholics.

It would make sense after all, wouldn't it?

Take away the pain of a decision and that behavior will increase - at least that makes sense on the surface.

But as we began to look more at what drives people to certain behaviors, and whether MixFix would bring America into a binge drinking crisis - we were relieved.

What's comical about the reason MixFix likely won't cause more over-drinking episodes is the fact that this same reason for human behavior is often very frustrating and negative.

Let me explain...

People are poor at planning for future rewards and to avoid future negatives.

A good time in the present is often hard to forgo, even if we know bad times lie ahead...

And this explains the research we found about hangovers:
Hangover intensity doesn't make people wait longer, or drink less, next time they imbibe.

This leads us to believe that, no - MixFix won't cause people to go off the rails with their drinking habits...

It will likely just dampen the self-loathing most experience with hangovers - knowing they did it to themselves, but unable to do anything about it presently that morning.

If anything, the hangover mitigation that MixFix provides will allow for increased work productivity and actually healthier outcomes...

Allowing people to get the work done they need to, get their exercise in, and make better food choices indeed seems like a win-win.

There is currently no evidence that getting rid of hangovers will cause more binge drinking, and, in all actuality, life without hangovers holds promise for improving life satisfaction.

Happiness and Evolution (Part 2)

What does evolutionary social psychology have to do with happiness?

Do you remember in part 1 about certain brain processes occurring automatically to save on energy?

Well, from our Spiderman-like ability to detect snakes to our overwhelming ability to get bored with new purchases, these evolutionary advantages happen ‘nonconsciously.’

This means that your brain can control your everyday emotions, actions, and decisions in a big way without you ever being aware of it. 

What does this have to do with happiness?

Well, the hard part about sustainable happiness is “Emotional Evanescence.”

For a while, researchers never knew why or how but they observed over and over something phenomenal...

That humans were extremely resilient and able bounce back quickly from adversity.

As a sad example, if you were to become paralyzed in an automobile accident, studies show that you would be impacted greatly by it, but not half as long as you would intuitively imagine.

You simply wouldn’t anticipate the extent to which you can transform events psychologically, and you would return to your emotional baseline quickly.

Conversely, if you were to win the lottery tomorrow, “Emotional Evanescence” would be a part of the equation and you’d find yourself, mere months afterwards, not nearly as elated as you would have guessed you’d be.

Our unbelievable ability to return to baseline, whether it be in the wake of devastating circumstances or following amazing news, is what causes “impact bias” to be among the most frequently discussed of all our cognitive biases.

Impact bias is the belief that an event (present or pending) will affect you more intensely and longer than it actually will.

Evolutionary social psychology helps us understand “Emotional Evanescence.”

You have, built within the ancient part of your brain, a "Psychological Immune System."

It helps you rapidly move on from given events...

Because by dwelling less on emotionally impactful events, our ancestors were able to save mental energy for tasks relevant to survival.

This was important because extreme positive or negative emotional states are proven to impede attention and cognitive processing.

So, through evolution, those that could process and move on from events were able survive and pass on their genes at a higher rate.

Takeaways and Reflections:

1) We’re hardwired to process and move on from both good and bad events rather quickly.

Are you able to recall times in your life when you thought an event “would be the end of the world” or “would just make everything perfect”?

Do you even think back on those times much at all anymore, or have they more or less faded as life went on?

2) Purchases almost never make us as content for as long as we think they will, even big ones like cars, boats, or houses.

Can you think of a specific purchase you once made thinking it’d bring more happiness into your life? What was it?

In the next part of this series, we'll talk about the hedonic treadmill and its effects on happiness.

Is Your Happiness Controlled By Evolutionary Social Psychology (ESP)?

The Evolution of Happiness

Learn the affect evolution has on your happiness in 6 tiny lessons...

We’ll cover a lot of evolutionary social psychology to dig up the underlying processes that hold humans back from finding sustainable happiness.

So, for our first mini-lesson: what is evolutionary social psychology (ESP)? 

ESP is a set of scientifically accepted assumptions that use the theory of evolution as a base.

ESP posits that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have been shaped over many years of biological selection.

[This simply means that, even today, we carry with us certain natural tendencies because they were once useful to survival over this long period of time.]

ESP helps explain:
1) why we hold stereotypes,
2) why we get in autopilot mode on the way to work, and even
3) why we’re not still pumped up about our newest phone or gadget like the day we got it.

We make sense of things in our environment and move on from them rapidly.

This is because we only have a limited amount of fuel for things like paying attention and assessing our surroundings.

Our ancestors wouldn’t have lived long if they carefully evaluated their environment every day.

But being able to automatically detect threats, food, and mating opportunities gave them the ultimate “survival of the fittest” edge.

And we still have it.

For instance, if you’ve ever flinched because you thought a branch was a snake, you can thank your ancestors for that specific threat awareness.

Your automatic, non-conscious movement away from that stick was hardwired into you.

How else would you explain why the fear of snakes is so widespread?

Takeaways and Reflections:

1)  Most humans have certain aversions (like a hypervigilance toward and fear of snakes) that we’ve evolved for.

Do you have any of these statistically irrational fears (thinking about getting bitten by a deadly spider, but not thinking twice about texting and driving)?

2) We’ve been hardwired to adapt to things in our environment quickly to avoid over-analysis.

Can you think of any way that rapid adaptation has made you complacent with some of the things you now own that you once wanted so badly?

In the next article, we'll answer the question: What does evolutionary social psychology have to do with happiness?