Work Essential Reads

5 Common Ways Money Issues Wreck Relationships

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Issues surrounding money are one of the most common conflicts within relationships, even where there is plenty of love. Here are some frequent ways that money damages partnerships.

The Art of Giving Advice

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
How to make suggestions the recipient will actually embrace.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Is Good For Your Well-being

Being intolerant of people who are different to you may be bad for your well-being; results for 8 different aspects of well-being.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

Benevolent Sexism and the Art of the Deal

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in The Enquiry
Benevolent and hostile sexism have proved a winning combination for men for thousands of years, but it is not working for Donald Trump.

Why Is the Backward Research Method So Effective?

It forces up-front thinking about use of research results and required data, and removes guess-work on the researcher's part.
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3 Ways to Stay Cool in the Face of Sarcasm

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Sarcastic people can be hilarious, but when you're the subject of their sarcasm, they can be hurtful. Here are some tips to help you survive their quips.

What My Cancer Remission Has Taught Me About the Human Mind

The joy we feel following good news often seems more short-lived than the pain we feel following bad news. I explain why, and offer a thought to help bring us back to center.

The #1 Shortcut to Greater Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Feeling It
Why Adderall and other stimulants backfire for productivity—and what to do instead

Having Trouble Finding a Good Job? Keeping a Good Job?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
You may be less at-fault than the govt.-trumpeted "unemployment rate" implies.

The High Cost of Crying, for Both Men and Women

How are you perceived when you cry? It turns out that gender and the situation have a lot to do with whether your tears will be accepted.

"What Would You Do?" Questions in Job Interviews

The Job Interviewer Asks, "Here is Our Situation. What Should We Do?" We Will Show You How to Respond.

Can Listening to Music Increase Cooperation at Work?

New research shows happy music helps boost cooperation.

I'm Not Really Unemployed! (Am I?)

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Next Step
Being out of work can make identity confusing.

5 Tips for Gracefully Ending a Difficult Relationship

Endings present a psychological challenge unless they’re mutually negotiated. These 5 tips, based in part on a new group dynamics paper, provide some guidance for your goodbyes.

How to Become the Best Company in the World

By Dan Pontefract on August 25, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Volkswagen chose to serve its shareholders. Johnsonville Sausage has always aimed to serve all of its stakeholders. Who wins in the long term?

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.

Burned Out on the Job? New Research Shows Why

27.8% of Americans "burn out" on the job. Here's why.

Why No One Likes a Humblebragger

Research shows that people find humblebragging more off-putting than pure bragging and pure complaining.

Walking Can Lift Your Mood, Even When You Don't Expect It To

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on August 18, 2016 in Minding the Body
Feeling bored and sluggish at work? A new study shows that walking may be good for your mood, even if you’re strolling down a drab hallway and facing a dreaded chore afterward.
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Want to Be Successful? Spend More Time Staring Into Space

Think about the last time you had a great idea or solved a problem that had been plaguing you—were you in the shower?

6 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression

First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.
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Why Aren't We Doing Less With More?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Cui Bono
New technologies allow to complete tasks much more quickly, potentially providing us with enormous amounts of free time. So why do we fill that time with more work instead of play?

How to Look for a Job When You’re Pregnant

Launching a job search while your pregnant can present challenges. But by having a proactive strategy in place, you can overcome many obstacles ...and stay empowered.

The Social Psychology of Brexit

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Naturally Selected
How can social psychology contribute to understanding the consequences of Brexit for the European Union? Exit-voice-loyalty theory offers some suggestions and solutions.

Thriving in a Gig Economy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
How to avoid it or do well in it.

Clear-Weather Friends

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Ambigamy
Fair-weather friends abandon you when you're down. Clear-weather friends abandon you when you want to get down into problems with the friendship.

The (Script) Doctor Will See You Now

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Talking Cure
The only way to get around writer's block is to grapple with the resonances and/or symbolic meanings of the characters and events on the page.

3 Data-Driven, Practical Tips for Writing Well

Among others: unnecessarily big words make us seem less competent, not more. I explain why, and offer other practical and effective tips.