Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? We make so many quick decisions unconsciously; others we agonize over. 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

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

Want to protect yourself from regretting opening your heart and being charitable? This article can help you avoid making bad decisions about your generosity.

Uncovering Hidden Causes of Indecision

By Kimberly Key on July 24, 2017 in Counseling Keys
There is nothing more frustrating and disempowering than not being able to make a decision. Here are some tips for helping you find your desires and voice your truth.
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Young Adulthood and Avoiding Lifestyle Stress

Entry into young adulthood, usually in the early twenties, is a significant life change which can be unduly stressful unless one knows how to self-maintain and moderate demand.

Our Answers Find Us In The Quiet We Create

By Brad Waters on July 24, 2017 in Design Your Path
What happens when we have all the information we need yet still can't seem to make a difficult decision?

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

Jazz Coincidences, the Essence of Coincidentiality

Musicians tend to live uncertain lives. When is our next gig? How will the audience respond? Can we resonate with each other and the audience? Coincidences arise in uncertainty.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

Don't Be Jealous!

What is jealousy? Can we escape from it? Are you a jealous person?

How to Have Breakthrough Ideas

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Working Creativity
Follow these simple steps to master the art (and science) of breakthrough thinking

The Power of Wakeup Calls

By Gregg Levoy on July 18, 2017 in Passion!
The purpose of wakeup calls is to awaken you to something you're ignoring. Here's how to make the most of them.

Avoiding Political Precommitment

Warning! Your worldview may be undermining reason-based decision-making. This article can help you steer clear of that problem.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.
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How to Create a Life of Integrity

Bringing integrity into your life means having your outer self fully represent your inner self. This is not a matter of character but one of intention.

Sex During Late Pregnancy: A Risk of Premature Delivery?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Does sex during late pregnancy pose a risk of premature delivery? Most studies say no, but a few say yes. What should expectant parents do?
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Why Do We Love to Chase?

Unpredictable rewards produce much larger pleasure than expected ones.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.

Health 2.0, It's All About You

By David Rosen on July 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
A health revolution has put us back in control of our health and wellness, with technology and social media redefining every stage of our of life. Welcome to Health 2.0.

Some Forms of Compassion Are More “Acceptable” Than Others

Everything is a matter of perception, including empathy and compassion.

How Do You Measure Your Self-Worth?

Basing your self-worth on the wrong things is like building your house on an unsteady foundation. Pay attention to how you measure your value.

The Optimism Challenge

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Boundless
Can you become an optimist through deliberate practice? Try it and see.

Three Foolish Workplace Practices

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
Open workspaces, under-use of simulations in hiring, and excessive group input.

Don't Let Safety Advice Fall on Deaf Ears

Can you name two important factors that affect whether people will follow safety advice?

I Feel Your Pain—Is That a Problem?

Empathy is one of the greatest triumphs of humanity. Or is it? Find out why empathy is both great and terrible.
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How Type A People Procrastinate

By Caroline Beaton on July 10, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Why so many competent, ambitious people accidentally procrastinate.

What Is a “Good” Decision?

We often confuse the process of making decisions with its outcomes, leading to an incorrect understanding of what a good decision is.

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

No other issues in mental health seem to ignite flames as great and persistent as do liberty and privacy.

The Cognitive Audit

Ten cognitive requirements designed to help instructors inject cognitive skills into their training programs.

The Psi of Coincidences

Telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition are common human experiences, perhaps with us from before human language developed. Modern science has no explanation.

The Best Kept Secret in the Financial Services World

By Michael F. Kay on July 06, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
While financial companies invest billions of dollars into advertising their way into your consciousness, the results only ensure enrichment for the institutions.

10 Reasons Why Teams Need Emotional Intelligence

Why your team needs better EI for better productivity and alignment.