Essential Reads

Do You Overeat? You Might Want to Blame Childhood Stress

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Eating only when you are hungry: That’s a real luxury.

A Voice of Moderation in the Time of Trump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Robert Samuelson, a self-described “messy moderate.”

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

Cheat to Keep or Cheat to Reap?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Consumed
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.

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The BS Reducing Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Admit it, we all binge on BS, even though it can make us fatheads. Then go on a sustainable diet to reduce your intake for your own sake. Here are six times for BS dieting.

The Single Most Important Leadership Attribute?

By Victor Lipman on December 08, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A recent survey offers a clear and entirely reasonable answer.

A Game of Lunch and Love

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in One Among Many
When your joy of consumption depends on the other person’s wishes, you better get to know him (or her).

Make Peace With Your Losses

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in What the Luck?
People who have not made peace with their setbacks are likely to make things worse, rather than better.

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

By Nir Eyal on December 05, 2016 in Automatic You
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.

The Psychology of Why We Play Lotto

By Ryan Anderson on December 04, 2016 in The Mating Game
Why do people engage in such 'curious' behaviour as playing the lottery? Don't they know that it's staggeringly unlikely that they'll win? Often, they do know, but play anyway

Planning vs. Worrying

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 04, 2016 in Fighting Fear
Worrying is frustrated planning. When planning seems out of one's control, worry results. The treatment of a worry, therefore, is to find a plan for action.

Stop Losing Money Now!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are you losing money right now? Many people are, without knowing it. Find out if you are and how to stop doing so!

Establishing Your Retirement Number

By Michael F. Kay on December 01, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"Look, I don't want to get all complicated. I just want to know how much we need in order to retire."

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt. 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
When diagnosing or name-calling, call out the behavior and speculate carefully about the possible motivations for it or you'll get mired in debate over the motivations.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt 1

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Ambigamy
Don't let your gut impulses decide how you diagnose people's problems. It will only make the problems worse. Be careful, patient, expansive and strategic instead.

Don’t Be Fooled on Giving Tuesday: Give Wisely!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Some ineffective charities try to fool you by appealing to emotions. This article can help you make the best decisions in your giving!

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Linda The Bank Teller Case Revisited

The skill of providing answers on the basis of the meaning that is literally given to us is not typically a useful skill.

Why People Adopted Agriculture

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
The key question about the adoption of agriculture is motivational. Did our ancestors gravitate to the hard labor on farms because they grasped its potential for increasing food?

Financial Morbidity

By Michael F. Kay on November 17, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
The idea of financial morbidity is aimed clearly at those who possess an inability to deal with their financial lives to a degree that their financial security is put in jeopardy.
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Do You Feel Guilty About Having (or Not Having) Money?

Do You Feel Guilty About Having (or Not Having) Money? Our attitudes about money often come from our family. By Lisa M. Juliano, Psy.D.

Deciding, Fast and Slow

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking Apes
The classical view of fast intuitive thinking and slow rational thinking may be flawed. Instead, it’s when our goals conflict that our decision making slows down.

Taking and Giving Offense for the Fun of It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Ambigamy
Taking and giving offense is sometimes necessary and sometimes just a way of alleviating self-doubt. We should keep this distinction in mind.

Applying The Scientific Method To Charity

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Want to make sure your generous gifts make a real difference? Here are some ways to do so!

5 Practical Tips to Help Managers Manage Stress

By Victor Lipman on November 15, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Stress can easily undermine effective management, but it doesn't have to. These five workplace tactics can make a positive difference.

Creating Ads We'd Be Glad to See

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
An Up-and-Comer interview with Sandra Matz

"It's the Psychology, Stupid!"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Ambigamy
Trump pretended to be invincible. He never lost a face-to-face interaction. Invincibility sells. Maybe that more than anything else won him the election.

Writing on the Wall or Red Herring?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Ambigamy
We're all making educated guesses about what will and won't make a positively or negatively significant difference. No one knows for certain because no one can. Life is uncertain.
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Donald Trump, Orchestra Conductor

Like all demagogues, Trump is not a creator but an orchestrator of popular resentment.

The Myth of the Irrational Voter

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are we doomed to irrationality in our voting? Recent research suggests that's a myth! We can vote rationally if we follow the steps outlined in this article.

The “Lesser of Two Evils” Fallacy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Ambigamy
If you treat all disappointing choices as choosing the lesser of "evils" you're likely to end up with real evil.

Briffault's Law: Women Rule

If a man seems to have the upper hand in a relationship, the woman may not be taking advantage of Briffault’s law.

Cognitive Dissonance and Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive dissonance is a case of detecting our own hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is a powerful motivation for finding justifications (excuses) for our action.

How Can You Predict the Future?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Wouldn't it be great to predict the future? Statistical methods can help.