Essential Reads

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Should You Quit Your Job When You Start a New Business?

What entrepreneurship research says about working in your startup part-time vs. full-time.

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

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Stop Giving Your Power Away to Others

Take back your power with these 5 steps on dealing with difficult people! Own your reactions and actions, and shift the dynamic to lessen the sting inflicted by a negative person.

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.
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When Work Can Be Damaging To Your Health

Companies should, through well-trained managers, pay attention to the behavior of their employees.

Being Something vs. Doing Something

If the ancient world was over-personalized, than today personal and family life face the threat of becoming ‘professionalized.’

On a Cup of Coffee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
Gratitude as an anti-sadness "medication."

Finding Strength in Vulnerability

By Michael F. Kay on August 09, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Strength is admired and respected as a trait of winners; the weak are cast aside as not having what it takes. We need to reexamine what strength really means.
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How to Prevent Cravings?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key lesson of behavioral economics is the power of the context that shapes behavior and overrides individuals’ intentions.

Is Financial Nudging of American Consumers Backfiring?

Data from Vanguard’s “How America Saves 2016” report raises three red flags.

The Trouble With Diversity Training

By Victor Lipman on August 07, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Studies show traditional diversity training is ineffective. It often comes across less as genuine education and more as legal obligation. Here's a suggestion to help change that.

Should You Replace Your Car?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in How To Do Life
An internal debate that may help you gain clarity.

A Link Between a Prostitute's Age and Her Income

A new study links a prostitute's age with her income. Although a seemingly narrow salacious topic, these findings address a broader scientific question that concerns us all.

Don't Let Others Run Your Life!

Are you sure you're leading the life you want, as opposed to just following the vision of others? This article provides 3 specific steps to help you lead the life you deserve!

Speed Limits: Safe Driving – or Driver Mis-Education?

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on July 30, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
The US traffic-control is inefficient and dangerous

Music Enhances Beer's Flavor

Listening to music we love can make whatever we're drinking taste much more delicious.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....
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Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say

Learn to say what you mean and feel good about it, leaving others with their confidence and security in place. Consider these seven steps to being a more authentic communicator.

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?