Motivation Essential Reads

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.
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The Psychoanalytic Mind: Alive and Well

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Freud Lives
Freud may be dead, but science is giving his ideas new life.

Who Will Use Open Data?

Who is open science for, and why should you care?

Anger, Anxiety, Resentment, Stress, and Basic Humanity

Your chances of consistently managing anger, anxiety, resentment, and stress, without becoming a better person, are practically zero.

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Beyond the Bystander Effect

By Cameron Brick, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Grasping Risk
Are you more likely to recycle if someone is watching? It may depend on your identity

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

Change Is Your Natural State of Being

There is a difference between making change and allowing change. Humans are habitual beings who do not like to feel forced into new patterns and behaviors.

Perfectly Wrong: Why Perfection Can Destroy Your Motivation

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Motivate!
Perfection is elusive and fleeting, yet a coveted desire for many. There comes a time when striving for excellence results in obsession and anxiety leading to damaging behaviors.
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Why Would Anyone Want to Major in STEM?

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
Why should college students major in STEM? Intriguing research suggests that it's about more than career prospects and starting salaries.

Cause Célèbre? The Question of Women CEO Compensation

By James Bailey Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in At the Helm
Women CEOs need to be vigilant about their impact.

Mixed Feelings About School

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in Passion 101
Are highly engaged students those we do not have to worry about? High learning motivation can come at high costs.

Should You Finish What You Start?

Do you have several half-finished projects going at a time? If so, here's a neat trick that might help you finish things more often.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.
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Dealing With Disappointment

By Tara Well Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Disappointment can be an opportunity to get clarity on what you really want — get it!

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

Ten Essential Success Hacks That You Won’t Learn in School

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Motivate!
Achieving personal success and financial freedom requires more than knowing facts. Win at life when you master these essential lessons.

Pain, Suffering, Basic Humanity

As a life-saving alarm system, pain keeps us focused on distress, for the purpose of relieving it, that is, pain motivates behavior that will help heal, repair, or improve.
Bobby Hoffman

Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

Public Figure Attackers in the United States, 1995-2015

What motivates those who violently attack public figures? A new study reveals some surprising findings.

The Upsides of Being Average

Striving for uniqueness is a symptom of narcissism, rather than individuality.

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.
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Five Tips and Skills to Manage Your Time That Actually Work

In today’s hectic, connected world it seems like we should be busy 24/7 just to keep up. Learn how to honor your goals and protect your time so you can achieve them.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescents, Parents, and the Power of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem not only defines a person, but that definition can influence perception and motivation to the good or not so good.

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on May 13, 2017 in Adaptation
The key to creativity is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing.

Developing Drive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
The best approach to increasing motivation depends on what’s suppressing it.