Essential Reads

Which Personality Disorders Do Your Favorite Actors Have?

You may believe that all actors have narcissistic traits in a professional that rewards egotism. New research on the personalities of real actors shows you're only partly right.

De-crazifying Crypto, Part III: Enjoy the Wild Ride!

By Moses Ma on January 19, 2018 in The Tao of Innovation
Here's some perspective on the wild ride that cryptocurrency is taking us on... and the psychology that is driving it.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Social Lights
A professor rethinks the concept of extra credit.

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live

A new book takes us into the consulting room through stories in warm and clear prose.

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When You Hate Your Job but Can’t Quit

When You Hate Your Job but Can’t Quit How to make your days brighter until you can resign.

Invasion of the Balance Snatchers

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in The Right Mindset
Do your electronic leashes have a choke hold on you?

Superstitious Learning and Groundhog Day

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Learning at Work
How can we recognize and promote valid learning in organizations?

Why Leaders Treat People Unfairly

5 reasons why leaders treat others unfairly and what to do about it

7 Stress Management Tips for Smart People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in How To Do Life
Tactics for preventing and coping with stress.

Books to Seriously Boost Your Happiness in 2018

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Feeling It
Want to boost your efficiency, be happier, and more emotionally intelligent? Take these 10 steps thanks to awesome new books.

How Can I Retire If I Was Never Tired in the First Place?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on January 16, 2018 in Finally Out
A "third age" exists between the end of work and before fragility and dependency set in, and people follow diverse pathways of work and leisure in their retirements.

Five Learning Tips for Smart Adults

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in How To Do Life
Alternatives to the course.

Don’t Let HCPs Ruin Your Life in 2018

High Conflict People are increasing rapidly. Use these four counter-intuitive skills to deal with them.

How Free-Market Capitalism is Feeding Economic Inequality

By Ray Williams on January 15, 2018 in Wired for Success
While there have been many benefits from capitalism, increasingly, it has mostly benefited large corporations and wealthy individuals and it is feeding income inequality.

What Gift Will No One Return?

At this time of year, we’re gazing at that gift we were too lazy to return. Or dreading getting the wrong thing for Valentine's. Here's the one gift everyone appreciates, always.

Tips for Writing in Psychology

Capturing psychological ideas in writing is not always easy or intuitive. Here are 16 tips for writing in the field of psychology.

How to Read Minds

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on January 13, 2018 in Wander Woman
How can you tell what someone is feeling when they don't have words to tell you? These steps will help you sense what they feel, or at least help them figure it out.

Flipping the Script on Innovation

By Kaja Perina on January 12, 2018 in Brainstorm
There’s endless handwringing about how soon AI and automation will gut today’s workforce. Some organizations flip the equation—and the narrative—with their focus on human labor.

Sexual Misconduct: What Is the Effect of the Environment?

Needed to deter criminal conduct in the workplace: more oversight and imposing of consequences.

Aha! Pro-Diversity Cultures Spark Corporate Innovation

By Christopher Bergland on January 10, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Pro-diversity policies in the workplace improve corporate innovation and a firm's value, according to a new study.

5 Ways to Do a Digital Detox

In his new book, Blake Snow teaches us how to limit internet use—the trick to boosting productivity, building stronger relationships, and creating a more meaningful life.

Just Because It Seems Accurate, Doesn’t Make It True

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Boost!
A problematic relationship continues to persist in psychology between hypothetical constructs and operational definitions.

Working on How You Work

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in This Is America
How to enhance job performance including shedding tasks, redesigning work, matching passion and purpose, challenging colleagues, and engaging in discipline collaboration.

The Move to New Manager Is One of the Toughest in Business

By Victor Lipman on January 08, 2018 in Mind of the Manager
New managers are often thrown into the job with minimal training and guidance. In some ways the transition to new manager is harder than the transition to CEO.

A World With Few Decent Jobs

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in How To Do Life
A pessimistic but realistic scenario.

Fact Check: Are Your People Skills As Good As You Think?

People skills are essential to all of your relationships, from casual to romantic. Find out whether you’re as highly regarded as you’d like to be with these seven questions.

The Invention of Hyperlinks

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Seeing What Others Don't
Hyperlinks are critical for using our smartphones, using touchscreens, navigating the internet. Yet we take them for granted. How did they get invented?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be Your Own Boss?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Motivate!
New year, new job! If you want to start a business, work for yourself, or be your own boss you must also embrace these skills to be successful.

The Seeds of Cultural Change

What can we learn about masculinity from the sexual harassment scandals dominating the media world?

Get to “Yes” Faster With Grapes

Perceived trust between individuals can be enhanced by mimicking food choice and body posture. How are the bosses of today mimicking our food choices to enhance cooperation?

Meaningful Moments from Two Decades Studying Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Living Single
A moment when the conversation about single people suddenly became more enlightened, and another moment that left me stunned and demoralized.

Gender and Cinema: Portrayals of Female Academics

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on December 31, 2017 in Intersections
There are few films featuring a female academic, and most of those stink.

Men, Power and Nonverbal Cues

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Today males (and white males, at that) still hold the majority of “power” positions (CEOs, company or board presidents) at Fortune 500 companies.

How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in iAge
We have a great interest in “proving” things. The problem with science is that it is necessarily finicky with details and the problem with belief is that it is necessarily not.