Essential Reads

How New Payment Technology Can Manipulate You

Can you resist paying the 'suggested' tip?

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Conflicting Goals Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

Some conflicts actually improve your ability to choose.

How to Become the Most Attractive Job Candidate

Why understanding your strengths will help you stand out.

Recent Posts on Behavioral Economics

Why Many Rich People Are Frugal

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
The unusual mindset of many rich people...and why you might want to adopt it.

Tips for Sharing Bad News

By Kerry Patterson on March 06, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Giving bad news to others can be troublesome—particularly when the person you’re giving the bad news to holds you responsible—and you’re not. Here's how to share bad news the right way.

Abundance, Inequality, Needs, and Privilege

I am immensely curious to understand the obstacles to having gift economy experiences be the norm rather than the exception. In this post, I am writing about one piece of this huge puzzle that fell into place for me: why the idea of “deserving” might have come into existence, and how it’s related to the difficulties in establishing gifting and collaboration.

The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in Ambigamy
Knowledge is knowing; Wisdom is wondering still. Those who stay wise have high Returns On Divestment, experience getting a good payoff from changing their minds.

Negative Interest

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in Hidden Motives
This is odd: “about $3 trillion of assets in Europe and Japan … now have negative interest rates.”

Are You Strong Enough to Unplug for 24 Hours?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Singletons
Everyone from your boss to your child’s teachers expects you to be connected and be reachable 24/7. What a relief it can be to unplug for one day and not be at the mercy of your “screens.” What happens when you unplug for a whole day?

Q & A with R. Thaler on What It Really Means to Be a "Nudge"

By Peter A. Ubel on March 04, 2015 in Critical Decisions
Nudge is one of the most important and influential books on behavioral science and public policy I’ve ever read.

Employers Trust Single Lesbians and Married Straight Women

Marital status, gender, and sexual orientation biases do effect hiring decisions—but not necessarily in the ways you'd expect.

8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

Why We are all More Rational than Mr. Spock

By Eyal Winter on February 28, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Mr. Spock, Emotions, Super Rationality, Leonard Nimoy

Should We Fan the Romantic Flame?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in In the Name of Love
All human experiences, including romantic ones, can be boring. The remedy for boredom is often change and novelty. Should we then change our romantic partners in order to fan our romantic flames? Although change is indeed essential to emotional intensity, there are several types of changes, and emotional intensity is far from being the whole story when it comes to romance.

Heavy Shifting

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in Consumed
Resolved to go to the gym? Now help us solve a common problem at the gym.

How New Payment Technology Can Manipulate You

By Nir Eyal on February 23, 2015 in Automatic You
Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips, and while it’s certainly good for hard-working service workers, it may not be so good for your wallet. Here's the hidden psychology of why you unconsciously pay more.

Banking Reform Comes Through the Back Door

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Hidden Motives
​After many high profile failures to reform banking, thwarted by the power of the banking lobby, including efforts to break up banks “too big to fail,” it now seems that a simple and obvious rule has made a significant difference.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Real Affluence

By Michael F. Kay on February 19, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
We confuse Time and Money and what we truly value.

Are Commercials More Deceptive Than Ever?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advertising’s new efforts to manipulate us require us to be savvier.

Conflicting Goals Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
We tend to think of conflict as the enemy of good decision making. But, it turns out that when people have two conflicting goals that they are grappling with, they are likely to think carefully about choices in order to resolve the conflict.

Neoliberalism Viewed From the Couch

By Diogo Gonçalves on February 18, 2015 in There Are Free Lunches
Paul Verhaeghe is a psychoanalyst and writer. That wouldn’t make him exceptionally different from other psychotherapists if his last book wasn’t about Economics, but it is. Economics? Well, to be more precise, the book is about the current western socio-economic system—Neo-liberalism—and the effect it is having on our minds and bodies.

How to Become the Most Attractive Job Candidate

By Erica Dhawan on February 16, 2015 in Accelerated Connectedness
We often think that because we have a great academic record or went to the right schools, we’ll be great at any job and will impress any potential boss. But, in today’s world, standing out takes much more than just relying on a good resume. The key is knowing your strengths and figuring out how they will fit into different work environments.

Is Your Teen an Observer, Asserter, Perfectionist or …?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Singletons
So much about being a teen can be confusing and difficult. Understanding the nine Enneagram personality types could help your teen. What type is your teen and what does that say about the way he or she relates to others including you, her parents?

The Trouble with "Gotcha" Management

By Victor Lipman on February 15, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
It's a management style that focuses on catching employees doing something—anything—wrong. And it's a drain on productivity.

The Greatest Challenge a Couple Faces, and 5 Ways to Beat It

By Kerry Patterson on February 11, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
According to a study, couples who argue effectively are 10 times more likely to have a happy relationship than those who struggle to discuss disagreements.

Why Our Emotions Are More Rational Than We Think

By Eyal Winter on February 09, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Emotions, rationality, and behavior.

How to Change People Who Don't Want to Change

By Joseph Grenny on February 09, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
When you’re trying to influence people who need motivation, but not information, don’t offer more information. That’s nagging. Instead, use questions to create a safe environment where they can explore motivations they already have

Sizing Up Your Money Mindset For 2015

By Michael F. Kay on February 04, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
We all come into adulthood with a money mindset, even if we don't realize it. Before 2015 becomes 2016, maybe it's time to assess your mindset.

A University Is Not Walmart

In the modern university, run as a business, students are getting good grades and piling up debt but aren’t learning that much. The professors feel powerless and alienated, but the administration looks at the bottom line, smiles, and says all is well.

Is Your Dream Too Expensive?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 03, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
Many of our aspirations are compensatory, making up for something that life is not providing. If our dream comes true, it’s often at the cost of what life was providing.

Calmfidence: The Secret to True Resilience

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Ambigamy
Make the best of your worst-case scenarios.

Study: When We Least Expect It, We Overeat

By Peter A. Ubel on January 29, 2015 in Critical Decisions
Sometimes being energized by your environment may be the worst thing for your waistline.