Essential Reads

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

Crowding Out Virtue

By Samuel Bowles on July 14, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Monetary rewards are proposed to promote everything from losing weight to reading books. But an experiment with villagers in Colombia shows that incentives can backfire.

Stuart Smalley Was Wrong

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in Loaded
Can affirmations help you avoid over-spending? The right way to affirm yourself for better self-control.

More Posts on Behavioral Economics

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.

When It Comes to Your Money

By Michael F. Kay on July 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"More than 30 people burned in Tony Robbins' hot-coals walk" Associated Press headline June 24, 2016

The Logic of How to Quit Smoking

Having trouble quitting smoking or sticking to a healthy diet? I explain why common strategies so often fail, and offer practical, effective tips for living a healthy life.

Plagiarism and Google

By William Poundstone on July 19, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Is there an epidemic of celebrity cribbing—or does it just seem that way?

Status Is the Enemy of Contentment

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
Are you paying too big a price for prestige?

Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

By Victor Lipman on July 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes With Their Money: Part 2

Are your beliefs about the stock market costing you money?

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

The Panama Papers Reveal the Solution to Global Suffering

How can we address global poverty quickly and effectively? Tax havens as revealed by the Panama Papers hold the key!

Shouldn't All Leadership Be "Authentic"?

By Victor Lipman on July 08, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
We hear a lot about the benefits of "authentic" leadership these days. But what are the reasonable choices? Should we advocate inauthentic leadership? Or dishonest leadership?
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7 Effects of Alcohol Myopia

Alcohol consumption impacts us in many ways—and most of them are not good for us.

Taming Blame and Shame

By Michael F. Kay on July 06, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
What could be more destructive to your financial success and happiness than wallowing in blame and shame?

Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

Susan Silver: Job Justice

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sensoria
We must help ex-offenders connect "with appropriate community resources to find jobs, housing, substance abuse, treatment, and mental health care."
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The Elephant in the Middle of Brexit

In a world built upon little trust outside your own POV, company, community or country, chances for collaboration, cooperation and even mere calm communication are slim to none

Why the Millennial Mindset Matters to Management

By Victor Lipman on June 25, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Millennials have “more permission to advocate for ourselves, rather than to silently comply with whatever directives are handed down.” What are the management implications?

Confused Britons Ask Google: "What Is the EU?"

By William Poundstone on June 24, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Voters need to know the issues to make wise choices. Digital tools show how uninformed many are.

Do You Tip Here? The Power of Compliance and Acceptance

By Kevin Bennett on June 22, 2016 in Modern Minds
Is tipping just an insincere act of outward conformity? Or is it a behavior performed by millions every day because of their own deeply held values of right and wrong?

A Nice Short Description of How to Manage Millennials

By Victor Lipman on June 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Hint: They don’t respond well to traditional command-and-control tactics.

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?
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Is It Better to Be Lucky or Good? Research Has the Answer.

How important is luck in determining success in life? Studies show that it matters more than most people think.

Your Mindset Is Making Your Money Decisions for You

By Michael F. Kay on June 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Newsflash: your life is ruled by your mindset.

The Highest Priority Common Core

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in Ambigamy
We all need to learn how to practice evenhanded rhetoric and critical thinking, to be able, like a trial lawyer, to make a persuasive case for or against any argument.

The 5 Most Common Reasons We Procrastinate

The path of least resistance isn't always the best path to take.

2 Reasons Growth Rate Numbers Can Mislead Us

Using incorrect measures & ignoring the base size can lead to wrong conclusions.
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5 Reasons People Fail to Follow Through on Health Goals

The most basic consequence of behaving inconsistently is that we are strangers to ourselves.

Go the Distance! From Distrust to Trust

Daily we see headlines that suggest we are becoming mired in distrust, at high cost to our organizations.