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

The Connoisseur and the Caveman

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 Talking Apes
Experts aren’t better than non-experts at making decisions. But they are better at rationalizing their intuitions.

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 Ambigamy
Once we're familiar with the windy contours of a path it becomes to us a straightaway. We love straightaways. They free our attention and fill us with confidence that we can cruise forever more.

When Parents Name-call Their Adolescent

When parents get upset with their adolescent, they can be tempted to use hurtful labelling to express their discontent. When this occurs, damage can be done to the relationship.


By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 One Among Many
Let us take a look at some of the lesser-known aspects of self-love and an unconventional perspective on insurance. There’s always a psychology in that.

Stay In or Go Out? A Bigger Question Than You Might Think

Life often requires us to choose between the familiar and the unknown, and no one wants to look back with regret. How much security is enough, and what might it be costing you?

Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?

Relinquishing difficult aspects of choice, deciding quickly, and starting the relationship with lower expectations may have upsides for longer-term marital outcomes.

The 10 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital for keeping and motivating your people and teams? You are the "Emotional Thermostat" for your team and define reality for them. If you don't step up you allow fear, uncertainty and chaos to rule the day. Read the top 10 reasons you should be developing your Emotional Intelligence.

What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on November 22, 2015 Fixing Families
Stuck making a decision? Six tips on what to do when you don't know what to do.

Addressing Information Overload

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 22, 2015 How To Do Life
Practically and Psychologically Dealing With the Information Explosion

3 Things to Do When You're Not Sure About Your Relationship

Ambivalence is common in long-term relationships because it’s easy to drift apart over the years, but you stay because leaving is too complicated. And yet ambivalence is a stressful place to park. Is your marriage really worth saving? Here are some reasons to set yourself free from indecision and tips for moving toward a more peaceful, fulfilling existence.

Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change

In this article, we advance five simple but important “best practices” drawn from psychological science to help policymakers galvanize concern and thereby improve public responses to climate change.

Appetite for Risk: What Is Your Approach to Risk?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 A Sideways View
People are quite different in their appetite for risk. Are "risky types" risky in all their behaviors: in the workplace, in their personal relationships, in the way they drive, in what they eat and drink?

Have You Had a Good Argument Recently?

Engaging in constructive controversy will not only make your day more enjoyable and interesting, but it has the potential to improve your decision making, increase your creativity, and raise the level of your cognitive and moral reasoning.

The Powerful “Why”

How to spontaneously drive yourself toward your best life every day.

Understanding Addiction With Electronic Registries

We want rigorous science that can guide treatment in substance abuse, but Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) are very expensive. Can we uber-fy clinical trials to make research, implementation and quality assessment a seamless process?

Male-Female Interactions: Don’t Get Your Signals Crossed

In any relationship the interaction between individuals is carried out through both words and actions. It is not only what is said but also the way it is said.

How to Negotiate Like a Lawyer

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on November 16, 2015 So Sue Me
Everyone has to negotiate sometimes, but lawyers negotiate for a living. Learn five important strategies that law schools teach lawyers, and unleash your inner attorney.

Change, the Not So New Norm

We talk about change all the time. Yet, in spite of the frequency with which it occurs, we are not skilled at managing it. Here are some tips to guide you through the process.

6 Reasons Why Procrastination Can Be Good For You

Is procrastination getting the best of you? Maybe it's trying to tell you something.

10 Things You Can Do to Create a New Life After Any Loss

10 ways to create the life you want after any loss.

The Joy of Shopping

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 A Sideways View
There is a lot of serious science involved in understanding how, when and why we shop because there is so much money involved

3 Ways to Enjoy (Pretty Much) Any Experience More

How to enliven our jaded palates and increase relish in our activities using simple methods.

How Can Smart People Sometimes Be So Stupid?

If ignorance is bliss, we must be living on Planet Euphoria.

20 Other Possible Reasons They Said No

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Ambigamy
A rejection is not necessarily all about you. Here are some examples of other things it could be about.

Making Difficult Choices During Infertility

Experiencing infertility can be a long journey of lost dreams, grief, and shifting expectations as you let go of the ways you planned to make a family and accept new ways of moving forward. It can be incredibly helpful when you work through all your emotions before considering the next step.

Don't Decide Like Martians

When faced with life-and-death choices, teams often decide on a course of action by voting. However, the voting method may bully some members of a team into going along with risks that they really don't want to take. The film "The Martian" illustrates this strategy, team decision making at its worst.

Can a Celebrity Endorsement Hurt the Brand?

Celebrity endorsements are wildly popular among advertisers. If not used carefully, they can produce a "Vampire Effect" sucking the life-blood out of a brand.

Hardening Of The Smarteries

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 Ambigamy
Strange that there doesn't seem to be a clinical name for pathological know-it-all-ness especially given how epidemic it can become.

Why Millennials Are Failing to Shack Up

By Caroline Beaton on October 31, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
Millennials are marrying later and having sex less than previous generations. This is what's killing our romance.

13 Things Mentally Strong College Students Don't Do

College can be tough. Taking tips for mentally strong college students makes it easier.