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By learning not to complain, scheduling indulgences, and understanding your internal triggers, you can harness the power to stay focused.
Understanding what distracts you is critical in being able to overcome those distractions and regain your focus.
While the fundamental attribution error has some benefits, it also has a downside when it comes to how we think about others.
The peak-end rule serves a key evolutionary purpose – it helps us avoid devoting more brain capacity to memories we don’t need.
The next time you need to take a break, ignore your smartphone. Choose an activity that is restorative so you feel ready to tackle the rest of your day.
How to take a stand and set limits.
Investing time in your friendships is an investment in your future health.
Distraction and clutter on your desktop can take a heavy psychological toll and can keep us from doing our best work.
The wager technique is yet another tool for healthful behavior modification that works under the right circumstances.
Studies show that temporary fixes to old habits can actually make people gain weight.
Does taking a bet to change behavior actually work?
Someday, a host of new technologies will finally fulfill the promise of helping us maintain a desirable weight. We’re just not quite there yet.
It's important to understand that most people experience a "fear of missing out" to some degree at some point in time. The uncomfortable emotion is normal and can be overcome.
The hidden reasons why messaging services keep us checking our phones.
When good ideas languish in bureaucracy, the feedback loop stops—and so does innovation.
Sports are fundamentally human, and more importantly, they are fun. Porting some of the same psychological tenets of sports into business is a way to increase customer satisfaction.
There are no secrets, and what makes a Steve Jobs or a Michael Jordan is not going to help you lose that spare tire around your waste.
Becoming indistractable is not some mysterious formula. It’s as easy as following four steps.
Instead of repeating the mistakes of previous generations with heavy-handed tactics, let’s understand the psychological source of the problem.
What are the ethical responsibilities of companies that are able to manipulate human behavior on a massive scale?
By understanding our cognitive quirks, we can outsmart our own brains.
Confirmation bias is a cognitive shortcut that can lead to some pretty horrendous decisions. Here's how to recognize and overcome it in your life.
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.
Distractions are often seen as a bad thing, but that's not always the case. Here's how you can use distractions to your advantage.
Do tech companies have a moral responsibility to stop addicting us?
Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. This article provides practical research-backed tips for staying focused.
If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals.
Here's why I’ve decided to give up consuming online news and why I think you should consider doing the same. Here's how to stay informed...
People tend to believe ideas are rare things but if a useful insight pops into your head, it’s most likely in other people’s minds as well.
Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.”
Nir Eyal is a technology entrepreneur who blogs about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business.