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Distracted Living

Take Your Attention Back!

7 New Books to Read This Fall

The best new titles on psychology

How Introverts and Extroverts Can Make Professional Magic

A new book provides the ABCs for cross-personality collaboration

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Liberals have no monopoly on advancing women's interests

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Bargain Better in Life Using Hostage Negotiation Psychology

The idea was to get the message home; the situation was hopeless for the hostage taker. Demonstration of overwhelming firepower convinces that giving oneself up is the only option. It seems to make logical sense.If this had worked without substantial loss of life, then we might still be using it today. The Contending Model, because it was so lethal, went out of fashion...

Turmoil in China

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Why are the Chinese in a panic about what is just a financial bubble?

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Women Rangers

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Head Strong
Military psychologists have played an important role in the successful integration of women into combat and other non-traditional military jobs.

How Counselors and Coaches Can Stand Out From the Crowd

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in How To Do Life
With a counselor and coach under every rock, providers must stand out without being cheesy

Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

By Drew Boyd on August 30, 2015 in Inside the Box
Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.

Case Study: Why She is Unproductive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
We unpeeled the onion. Lessons were unearthed.

Curing Excuse-Making Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
It feels good to externalize responsibility but that often leads to career and life failure.

Sleep, Dreams, and Income Inequality

Low-income people tend to have worse sleep, and fewer lucid dreams, than do high-income people. Those are some of the findings from a new demographic survey of the sleep and dream patterns of American adults.

Distracted Living

Realize where your priorities lie and turn your undivided attention towards them to use all of your efforts and resources achieving things that make you feel proud and content. These seven tips can help you stop living distracted and add more value to the time you have!

25 Simple Trust Building Behaviors

Engagement. Innovation. Trust. Stop thinking about the outcomes you want. Focus, instead, on the simple, organic, and natural way to get all three. Explore what that looks like with these 25 behaviors.

Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 1

Introverts, take the lead! So urges Andy Johnson, the introvert, leader, executive coach, and licensed counselor who wrote Introvert Revolution. Johnson is leading the charge to eradicate the bias against introvert leadership. In this first installment of a two-part series, he sheds light on the plight of the introvert leader.

Unvarnished

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Straight talk on what works in the real world.

Attracting Millennial Job Applicants using Social Media

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Diverse and Competitive
How to Increase Applicant Reach and Reduce Recruiting Costs

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

How To Design Your Dream Job

By Aaron Hurst on August 27, 2015 in The Purpose Economy
No job is a perfect fit until you take ownership of it and make it your own.

4 Most Common Ways to Derail a Career

There are a variety of factors that can derail our careers, cause us to lose jobs or promotions, and lead to unending stress. Here are the most common career derailers.

7 New Books to Read This Fall

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Give and Take
The best new reads on psychology

The Disposable Person—Being Unvalued in the Modern Age

Do you ever get the funny feeling that something isn't right? Not to make trouble or anything—but maybe you are right. Do you feel like you’re in a state of chronic interview, a cog in the system, a rat the race, and that seemingly significant people in your life—in romance and at work—may not care about you as a human being? Here's why...

Career Advice for Geniuses (Revised and Expanded)

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
Smart people don't have it as easy as many people think. Help is here.

Amazon and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on August 26, 2015 in Wired for Success
A recent expose of Amazon’s work culture in a New York Times report brings into focus the growing problem of toxic work cultures in North America, one that will take a huge toll on long term productivity and employee well being.

Ten Things You Need For Career Success

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 26, 2015 in Real Women
The ten strategies you need to create a thriving career.

Hiring and Keeping A Players

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
Hiring is an employer's most important task. Here's how to hire the best.

When Working Shifts Works Against You

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Land of Nod
A discussion of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

The New Rules of Success

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
While some time-honored rules remain key, there are new ones.

Where Do We Draw the Line with Office Romance?

Many organizations ask themselves where the line is between “none of our business” and “hurts our business.”

Bright Girls Are Always the Meekest in Class

Research has found the higher a girl's IQ the more likely she was to give up when a question was complex or a task was challenging. Bright girls were more easily intimidated. Bright boys ,were more likely to see not knowing an answer as invigorating. They were not intimidated and more confident than girls even though girls performed better on tests.

Why Emoji Are Romantic and Belong in the Workplace

By Tim Leberecht on August 23, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Providing a third place between corporate jargon and watercooler chit chat, emoji are a digital form of rebellion against protocol; they allow us to be safely vulnerable, and express ourselves in a more subtle but at the same time more primal way. They take us out of our heads and put us back into our hearts. They make our work lives more meaningful.

Pursue an Artistic Career? Advice for You and Parents

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Careers as writer, actor, artist, musician are seductive but when are they worth the risk?

Still Procrastinating? Here's Why!

Have you been procrastinating a little too much? Have been putting off your goals for a little too long? Most of us do, and here's why.

The Nine Levers for Better Decisions

To help people make better decisions, we have nine levers to use: Clarifying goals, structuring the decision, training, checklists, incentives, behavioral engineering, picking the right people, using information technology, and designing better organizations. We don't have to be trapped by habits of using only one lever, such as training or incentives.