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

Making Romance Last, Part 2

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Beliefs: Twelve Myths You'll Be Relieved to Debunk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Getting realistic about beliefs can go a long way toward peace of mind and better decision-making.

Are You As Effective As You Think You Are?

Are you as effective as you think you are? How do you know? A well-respected leader learns that she can be even more effective.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

Would People Agree About Everything If We Paid Them?

By Rob Henderson on June 19, 2017 in After Service
Do people change their minds about facts if they're paid? Research suggests the answer is yes.

Why Posted Prices Are Often Meaningless

There’s a significant gap between asked-for prices and what customers actually pay.

Breakthrough or Breakup

A breakdown is a usually unexpected interruption in a relationship that leaves one or both people feeling, upset, angry, disappointed, hurt, or in some way incomplete.

The Factor That Administers Cognitive Control over Emotions

Some recent research on poor cognitive control and depression has overlooked four issues. This post suggests that it is cognitive understanding of reality that regulates emotions.

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.

I Ching: Intentional Meaningful Coincidences

Create your own coincidences by tossing the coins and turning to the designated page in the I Ching.

100 Studies Show This Simple Technique Doubles Productivity

By Al Pittampalli on June 15, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Struggling to reach your goals? Try this simple 5-minute exercise.

The Root of All Evil

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Ambigamy
Doubt is excruciating. No wonder most if not all of us find alluring some simple permanent formula that supposedly alleviates it once and for all.

Commitment and How To Grow It

Having the assurance that the commitment in the relationship is strong and sturdy provides a large playing field to struggle with the essential issues that every couple must face.

Judging Your Worth

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
China is developing a digital system to track and evaluate its population of 1.3 billion people. They’re not the only ones.
Bobby Hoffman

Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Why Adolescents Lead Double Lives

Adolescents have a private life and a public life, an online life and an offline life, a family life and a friends life. No parent is going to be allowed to know it all.

What Would Gandhi Do About Trump?

The science of wisdom can help us deal with turbulent political times!

Connecting the (Hidden) Dots

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
What dots do we choose to form patterns? What patterns make sense to us, and which dots are discarded? What dots do we infer?

Should You Tell Your Partner You Cheated?

Will telling the truth help or hurt your relationship?

Riding the Next Wave of Human Evolution

With their deep comfort with uncertainty and technology, coupled with their hardwired sense of inclusion, Millennials are blazing the trail by transforming workplaces.

First Sight:a Theory for Right Place Right Time Coincidences

Somehow we show up in the right place at the right time, seemingly guided by information from outside of us. Psychologist Jim Carpenter has an explanation.

Mapping the Sources of Power

The 1998 map of our cognitive sources of power still seems relevant. However, an updated version distinguishes the knowledge that we acquire from ways we can apply that knowledge.

Why is Spirituality an Essential Part of a Recovery Program?

Why is spirituality an integral part of recovery from addiction?

That Crucial "Talk" with Daughters about Relationships

Ideal maternal conversations include an unequivocal plea to never let anyone else define you, limit you, or make you feel small.

How to Protect Yourself Against Pop Inspirational “wisdom"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
Nothing stunts our learning of practical wisdom like embracing half-wit wisdom masquerading as whole, universal wisdom.

Why Are We So Obsessed with What's 'Natural'?

Wondering what people are talking about when they say they fear 'toxins'? Turns out an obsession with the "natural" is a fundamental feature of our psychologies.
Illustration aus Amelius Erörterung der dunckelsten und schwersten Schrifft-Stellen/Wikimedia Commons

Sacrifices, Sacrificial Lambs, and Scapegoats

Mythic origins and contemporary examples of human sacrifice both real and symbolic.

Victim

"Pain is no one’s fault." - Wayne Muller... Whether or not you agree with this statement, it’s pretty likely that there has been a time or two, or more, that it didn’t seem true.

The Unconscious Mind in Everyday Life

How does the unconscious influence why you do the things you do?

The Life and Times of P

The humble p value dominates statistical inference, and it has been much maligned. The American Statistical Association is not prepared to let it go.