Essential Reads

Michael Arthur

What Is an Intelligent Career?

What does the term "an intelligent career" mean? Do you have one? Do the people you care about have one? In this introductory post, the authors weigh in on a fundamental question.

Emotional Intelligence Doesn't Translate Across Cultures

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Adaptation
Emotions are tricky business when crossing cultures. Here's your cheat sheet for success.

What Factors Go Into the Development of Expertise?

Here's where the science of expertise is to date.

The Machiavellian Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do we define and understand the Machiavellian approach to life? Is it a personality trait or a belief system? What does psychology have to say about this 500-year-old concept?

More Posts on Intelligence

Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

Why Did Hillary Lose the Election?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
Too many commentaries on the 2016 election offer single-cause explanations. A Causal Landscape may help us maintain perspective and draw the right lessons for the future.

A Politician's Guide to Clear Thinking

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 05, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Avoid these 26 logical fallacies and we'll all live in a much better world.

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

The Big Three

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
A life key: Surround yourself with people who are intelligent, driven, & ethical.

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.
Google Images labeled for reuse

When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Immortality lies not in identifying with any one model of Homo or Robo Sapiens, but in participating in the progression.

Test Anxiety? Want to Get Better Grades? Take More Tests.

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 25, 2016 in Cravings
Do you or your children suffer from test anxiety? One study technique appears to help more than others.

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Replace Managers

By Ray Williams on November 24, 2016 in Wired for Success
Artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many blue-collar and white-collar jobs. It may also have a big impact on all levels of management, right up to the C-suite.

Should You Tread on That Bee?

By Michael Tye, Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Genuinely Conscious
Walking along the path to your house, you see a honeybee crawling along the ground in front of you. Is there anything wrong with your deliberately treading on it?

How Does Brain Symmetry Influence the Workings of Your Mind?

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Is symmetry between the 'left brain-right brain' a good thing? It depends. New research suggests that a blend of symmetry and asymmetry between various brain regions may be ideal.
Nagarujun Kandukuru/Flickr Creative Commons

The Biology of Bigotry

By James M Sherlock on November 18, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It is commonly assumed that prejudice is purely a product of society; however, substantial evidence indicates that bigotry may be more deeply rooted than we thought.

What Makes People Easy or Hard to Get Along With?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A brand new meta-analysis brings together two lines of research about human traits: personality and emotional intelligence. Are these labels just two names for the same thing?

Bridging Our National Divide Demands Empathy and Compassion

Bridging divides requires humanizing "the other" by discovering our shared humanity in spite of our different lived experiences.

12 Steps for Adjusting to the Election of Donald Trump

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
If you feel stunned and distraught at the presidential election of Trump, take these 12 positive steps toward adjustment & hope.

Minds in the White House—Update

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in BrainSnacks
We need to pay attention to how our political leaders think as well as what they think. The unique cognitive style of the person who occupies the White House will shape our lives.
istock getty images

Intelligence and Stupid Behavior

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Incompetence
Smart people often do dumb things. Is the explanation due to a failure of logic, or do other factors play a role?

What Depression May Be Telling You

Hidden in depression's feelings, moods, and thoughts is a deep intelligence. How can we explore its depths? What does it have to teach us?

Five Years on From a Grim Diagnosis—Why Is It So Poignant?

By Lucy O'Donnell on November 01, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Yes, I was given an 80 percent chance of dying in five years. My five years is up, and thanks to the incredible advances in medicine for cancer treatment, I am still well.

Happily Chatty Toddlers Who Start to Stutter

Many smart toddlers develop a stuttering problem sometime between 18 months and 4 years. Usually, they grow out of it but parents can help by being patient and channeling Mr Rogers

10 Common Expressions You Should Stop Saying Now

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
To maintain your credibility, avoid saying these 10 common phrases.

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.

Should We Be Afraid of Our Genes?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Human Beast
In a period when some politicians are exhibiting stereotypical male primate behavior, it is refreshing to ask whether we are really in control of ourselves.

Dancing With Change

By Tim Leberecht on October 26, 2016 in The Romance of Work
A conversation with Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst of food company Danone, about how to bring manifestos to life and why even Fortune 500 businesses are like families.
ministry127.com

Debate Scorecard for Hiring the President: How to Evaluate

How to bypass your biases and explore proven leadership competencies and derailers for the most important hiring evaluation. Score each candidate so you can ne be more objective.
Courtesy Barnet Bain

Reclaiming Your Creative Self

By Barnet Bain on October 21, 2016 in Doing and Being
The key to finding resilience, courage, and wonder in a changing world.

How the Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts the Nonprofit Sector

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Emotional intelligence research shows how you can be in danger due to scandals that have nothing to do with you!