Career Essential Reads

Here’s Why We Don’t Speak Up Against Harassment

By Zoe Chance Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in Make It So
If you're confused about why women don't speak up against harassment, this piece will explain why silence makes sense.

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

Mental Accounting and Self-Control

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Richard Thaler from the University of Chicago. His work explores strategies people use for making choices.

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

Good Ways to Deal with Bad Bosses

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
A bad boss can make a good job a misery. Here are five constructive ways to help your career by "managing your own management."

"Young People Are Just Smarter"

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
In 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Young people are just smarter,” apparently forgetting that it was baby boomers who led the information revolution.

Are "Hearing Voices Groups" a Help or Harm?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 29, 2017 in Psych Unseen
What works for one end of the psychosis spectrum might not work for the other (and vice versa).

When Love Is the Driving Force in Work

The classic debate in motivational psychology is whether people will work harder for what they love or what they're paid for. The newest research shows why love trumps money.

Why Are Women So Exhausted?

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 26, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Women fought hard for the right to pursue multiple roles, but now approach burnout in a country that fails to sufficiently support working mothers.

Sex Researcher Turned Journalist Challenges Sexual Dogmas

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Sex researcher Debra Soh's work shines a light on a variety of issues, including gender feminism, political correctness, sex robots, and virtual reality.

But This Job Isn’t Me!

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Next Step
What's a hidden reason that underemployment can be as bad for mental health as being completely unemployed?

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.

Sick of Sycophants

The stories we tell about sycophants.

How Can Jobs, Housing, & Friends Aid Remission?

By John F. Kelly Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Addiction & Recovery 101
What effect do jobs, housing, and friends have on the brain of individuals in recovery from addiction?
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Why Does Therapy Work?

By Jessica Grogan Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Encountering America
If psychotherapy's not about venting or life coaching, what makes it work?

Pre-employment Psychological Screening for Cops

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce reduce racism, sexism and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.

Biased Algorithms?

Algorithms govern most aspects of our lives with secret, biased methods. A data scientist turned activist gives us tips to uncover these biases and demand accountability.

When Does Conflict Move in a Good or Bad Direction?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Five Percent
We should work hard to approach conflicts with others as mutually shared problems to be solved together.

Beating the Post-Summer Office Blues

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Are you struggling to get your head back in the game at work now that summer is over? Here are three research-backed tips to make this your most productive fall yet.

Being Busy Is a New Status Symbol

Friends saying they're always busy? They may just be flaunting their status.

Career Issues I’ve Changed My Mind About

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in How To Do Life
11 examples of revised thinking that may abet your career.

Want to Be More Assertive at Work? Do These Four Things

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Adaptation
Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to getting what you deserve.

What Is Value Creation?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
As an entrepreneur, are you not defining your value to society? New tech tools are driving a new cycle of mediums of exchange that re-define value. Are you prepared to benefit?

How Conflict Is Like Sex

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in The Five Percent
Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.

When Your Boss Is a Bully or Worse: What Can You Do?

By Peg Streep on August 18, 2017 in Tech Support
Our working lives take up a lot of time and, sometimes, emotional space. What to do when your work is wrecking your state of mind?

How Awful is Work, Really?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Human Beast
People talk about work as though it were before the Industrial Revolution. In reality work today is much better but our perceptions have not kept track.

11 Careers for Word People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
The first in a series on interesting careers.

The Big 3 Myths of Cultural Adaptation

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Adaptation
Why your instincts are so often wrong when crossing cultures -- and what you can do about it

On That Google Memo About Sex Differences

Are sex differences in personality real? A response to the Google memo.