Work 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.

The Two Conversations You’re Having When You Negotiate

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Adaptation
The two conversations you’re having when you negotiate (hint: one is with yourself).

8 Things to Do If You're the Target of Hurtful Gossip

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Feeling It
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.

A Voice of Moderation in the Time of Trump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Robert Samuelson, a self-described “messy moderate.”
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Are Your Self-Beliefs Grounded in Reality or Fantasy?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Motivate!
Making critical life decisions based on flawed information can be treacherous to personal and professional growth. Reaching your goals requires dispelling motivational myths.

Cheat to Keep or Cheat to Reap?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Consumed
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.

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.

4 Different Ways to Think of Retirement

Each perspective on retirement provides unique & useful psychological insights and practical guidance.

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

The Teacher Burnout Epidemic, Part 1 of 2

Teacher burnout is an international epidemic. How is burnout affecting teachers, and why?
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The Impostor Syndrome and How To Handle It

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adaptation
Do you ever feel like a poser and that you just don't belong? Here are 3 simple and easily actionable tips for overcoming the "imposter syndrome."

9 Signs That You Might Be a Perfectionist

You might be a perfectionist and not even know it.

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?

Extermination of Pests—and Horror

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Who you gonna call? When your house (or mind) is crawling with insects might be time to call in a professional. But why isn’t the pest control operator as creeped out as you?

The Deadly Inappropriate Smile

Why is the look on his face so disturbing? Why is she smiling while her political opponent attacks her? Is a condescending smile abusive behavior? Is a killer smile at work legal?

Even in Tough Times, You Can Find New Ways to Be Better Off

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Living Single
Author Courtney E. Martin answers questions about her thoughtful and inspiring new book, "The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream."

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Adaptation
Stepping outside your comfort zone isn't easy, but it's also not rocket science. Here's your guide for making it happen.

The Uncanny Power of Cell Phones to Disrupt Relationships

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Brain Wise
Just having a cellphone in view changes a conversation.

12 Ways to Beat Procrastination

Recognizing the role of boredom or unhappiness in your procrastination habits is perhaps one of the most important ways to stop yourself from putting off the inevitable.

Find Money and Meaning By Balancing Practicality and Passion

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on November 08, 2016 in Career Transitions
When people feel trapped in a job it’s often a function of a fixed mindset which assumes that everything is static and can’t be changed.

The New Productive Workforce: Seniors

The story of aging is no longer one of steady decline and decay

Why We Select Toxic Leaders

By David Rock on November 07, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
Humans evolved in social hierarchies, and as a result we have significant cognitive resources devoted to identifying and then empowering potential leaders.

8 Keys to Handling Adult Bullies

Most of us encounter adult bullies at certain points in our lives. Here are eight keys to successfully handle them...
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Nasty Woman, Angry Bitch or Confident, Competent Female?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 05, 2016 in Off the Couch
How can you be a “nasty woman,” that is, strong, aggressive and emotionally expressive, without being viewed as dangerous, unfeminine, or just plain bad.

Can Millennial Physicians Carry Medicine?

By Haider Warraich M.D. on November 03, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Can millennials carry the weight of healthcare without falling by the wayside, worn-out and weary?
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5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong

By Sophia Dembling on November 01, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.

Fitness May Be a Prophylaxis for the Health Risks of Stress

By Christopher Bergland on November 01, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Are you feeling stressed? If so, a new study drives home the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle—especially during times of high stress.

Emotions and Rationality in Leadership

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Does leadership require guts feeling or analysis?
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Tools of Influence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Rhetorical devices used in some of our most influential speeches are exemplars of the exercise of influence.

Do Narcissists Make Better Leaders?

Research shows narcissists are more likely to get promoted to leadership positions. But do they do a better job?