There are many times when our social perception fails us. As a result, we are prone to make errors in our mental processing. Here are some examples of common biases in social perception and how they lead us to misjudge people and events:
For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the test.
Leaders range from the exceptional to the worst of the worst. While many bosses are competent, caring, and effective, it has been suggested that there are just as many bad bosses as there are good ones. Here is a list of the very worst types of bosses.
Defensiveness is just ego? Nope. Defensiveness has its place and serves a purpose, keeping you focused on your work and not your doubts. The question isn't whether to be defensive but in which situations. It has its place and we should focus on where to place it, and where to replace it with receptivity.
One issue that recurred in literally every employee survey I was involved with over several decades was lack of employee recognition. Providing such recognition should be easy for management, but it isn't. Why is that? I asked readers and received insightful answers.
Many people who choose to live single are not doing so because they are waiting for "the one" or "putting marriage aside" or because marriage "does not offer a good deal anymore." Marriage was never on the table.
Do you deal with aggressive, intimidating, or controlling people at work or in your personal life? With astute approach and intelligent communication, you may turn aggression into cooperation, and condescension into respect. Here are a few tips on how to negotiate with difficult individuals.
Increasingly in love, anything goes. Partner how you want with whom you want. But that doesn't mean all is fair in love. If you're not feeling it, you absolutely owe your partner clear signals. And you owe your partner receptivity to such signals. Don't turn love into a moral issue. It isn't one. But honest signaling is. It's not fair to string a partner along.
When you suspect an ulterior motive, does it discredit good motives? Yes and no, which is a good reason to pay less attention to psychologizing accusations ("You just want a bad thing!") and to psychologizing self-defense ("No, I just want this good thing!") and more attention to actions. Words speak louder than actions, but actions speak more accurately than words.
Intense focus on success can turn children off rather than motivate them to succeed. A new reality show highlights extreme behavior akin to often criticized parenting styles in South Korea and China. How extreme is too extreme?
Systematic discrepancies between decision utility and experienced utility, as research in the field of behavioral decision theory has been shown, question on the idea that observed choices provide a direct measure of utility, and is revolutionizing the way we look at society and policy.
Are you an introvert who would like to strengthen your communication skills? The key to communication success for introverts is not to act like an extrovert, but to leverage the qualities of introversion with empowering communication skills, so you can achieve the best impact with minimum stress...
“Since the 1970s, economic orthodoxy has argued for low tariffs, free capital flows, elimination of industrial subsidies, deregulation of labor markets, balanced budgets and low inflation.” But does it work?