Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? We make tons of quick decisions unconsciously; others we hem and haw over in agony. We choose actions and form opinions via mental processes which are influenced by biases, reason, emotions, and memories. Some question whether we really even have free will; others believe it is well within our power to make choices that will lead to greater well-being. Here's a reading list to tackle while you're on that fence.

Recent Posts on Decision-Making

Facing Our Two-Facedness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in Ambigamy
We all want opposite things. Life goes better and gets more interesting when you admit that you do too.

How Marketers Manipulate You Into Becoming Their Friend

New research reveals how shockingly easy it is to manipulate consumers to like and forgive marketers that deceive them.

Three Simple Steps to Heal Conflict and Strengthen Love

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 23, 2015 in Finding Love
This simple technique is designed to deepen all of your intimate relationships, including your relationship with yourself. Each of its three steps leads to a deeper state of authenticity, a gentle, skillful “overthrow” of the inner and outer voices which hold us back from deeper love.

Online Personality Disorders

In my work as a web psychologist, I’m exposed to many different types of user behavior and online decision-making processes. Although each person is different and has an individual style, I have identified six recurring patterns of behavior that I identify as specific “online personality types.” In this piece, I’ll discuss the six pattern types

Cause and Effect in Wine Drinkers’ Health

We think we know what causes what. But research shows we are greatly mistaken, and often confuse correlation with cause.

Are Umpires Racist?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Umpires call more strikes for pitchers of their own race. Fact or fiction?

Decision-Making 101

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in Memory Medic
Good decision making depends on selective attention skills. Seniors are better at this than young people, whose culture and schools are making matters worse.

We Are What We Landscape

Home and business owners in drought stricken California are painting their brown lawns green. With the wave of a sprayer wand, parched blades of grass instantly turn emerald. It is like dying grey hair back to its original hue; we read youth and vitality into colored locks. What messages do we see in a lawn?

A Simple Way to Stop Relationship Arguments From Spiraling

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
The most common forms of miscommunication that lead to heated arguments are also the ones we least expect.

Police Versus Community: Why All the Trauma?

The power of trauma is that it compels us to protect ourselves from threats both real and imagined. How do you help police and community members filter threats that deserve our attention from those that don't?

You Live Together, but You Aren’t Even Engaged?

Living together before marriage is not uncommon, but living together before engagement may spark feelings of uncertainty. New research studied non-engaged couples living together and what topics/situations spark uncertainty.

Be Very Afraid: Uncertainty, Fear, and Achievement

Adventure is defined by uncertain outcome. The most significant moments of our lives, the most important decisions and the most meaningful choices are characterized, in part, by uncertainty and by fear. Without uncertainty we have a safe, contained, and predictable experience; we don’t have adventure.

How Do Drugs Hijack Your Brain?

Occasional use of certain drugs can trigger structural changes in your brain that make some people more likely to become addicts.

Live Like You Were Dying

A sign on the refrigerator of my South African hostess reads “Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life…” -Lawrence K. Fish

Mom's Watchful Eyes

Did you know that mom’s watchful eyes can encourage more positive behavior behind the wheel?

Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Deserve the Death Penalty?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 15, 2015 in Psych Unseen
How did jurors decide Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate?

Helping Others Navigate the Healthcare System

Not knowing how to navigate the health care system can lead to important delays and serious health consequences. Alarmingly, over half the U.S. population are not adequately prepared. Counselors are vital to the process of reversing the number of people unfamiliar with the healthcare system.

Campus Suicide

Conflict between expectations and forlorn self

Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

Are you coming home tired and beat? Are you feeling pressure 24/7? Then apply an ET to feel better!

Relationship Roadblock? Define Your Values

It's easy for couples to hit roadblocks that turn into power struggles and reactions to control. Side-step it by talking about your values and what's really important to you

Taming the Negative Voices in our Heads

When we get stuck in patterns that hold us back, the root cause is often the absurd negative voices nattering in the background of our minds. The ones that seems to be stuck in a loop of repeating negative ideas that we’ve long outgrown. We know better, but time and distance hasn’t taken us far away enough to outrun habits learned long ago.

Next of Kin Healthcare Dilemma is Stressful at Any Age

New Yale study is a wake-up call for anyone - singles, same-sex partners, lovers, the elderly - with no healthcare directives in place. In a hospital admission emergency, if no legal documents are in place, those we trust and love may be excluded from decision-making.

Lying

Join the conversation between two skilled clinicians as they discuss parenting as a thoughtful and creative process.

How Do Sleeplessness and Insomnia Sabotage Decision Making?

New research reveals how sleeplessness can thwart your ability to make astute decisions.

Self Discovery In Divorce

By Angie Hallier on May 08, 2015 in Life After Divorce
Clarifying your intentions during your divorce process.

Emotional Ideologies

By Eyal Winter on May 08, 2015 in Feeling Smart
We vote out of passion and not out of reasoning

6 Signs That a Passion or Calling is "True"

By Gregg Levoy on May 06, 2015 in Passion!
The critical challenge of discernment—of knowing whether your calls and passions are true or false, how and when to respond to them, even whether they belong to you or not—requires that you know what to look for to signal their "integrity." Here are six ways to tell.

The Neuroscience of Making a Decision

Understanding how your brain makes decisions in the heat-of-the-moment leads to more positive outcomes.

10 Keys to Making Up Your Mind

Stuck in a seemingly impossible dilemma? Consider these 10 research-based strategies for better decision-making.

Make Skepticism, Not Gullibility, Your Habit

Everyone knows someone who believes in some form of unscientific science. After all, if such-and-such helped so-and-so, it should help you, right? Not so fast.