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Does It Really Matter Where You Go to College?

Frank Bruni may be wrong about elite schools

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Both genes and environment help account for Jobs's success.

After the Germanwings Crash, 7 Lessons About Mental Illness

Clinicians can miss diagnoses, and patients can keep diagnoses private.

Work-Life Balance is Dead

Here's why we should aim for work-life integration instead

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Does It Really Matter Where You Go to College?

If you want to be a leader in society, where you go to school probably matters. A good college, after all, might increase the likelihood of your success. When parents worry about which school their kids go to, they may be acting quite rationally.

Study Folly?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in In Excess
One of the more interesting types of Culture Bound Syndromes is Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS). The symptoms are such as to prevent students from carrying on with their work and include various unpleasant head symptoms, memory loss, visual difficulties, inability to concentrate, and inability to write. But is this real and what does the psychological literature say?

Success Secrets: How to Get Your Toughest Questions Answered

By Brad Waters on April 01, 2015 in Design Your Path
Unable to move ahead in your career because you can't find the advice you need? Five intriguing new websites put answers to your toughest questions right at your fingertips.

12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Do you do something likely to put you on your employer's chopping block?

How Rudeness at Work Can Wreck Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 31, 2015 in Minding the Body
Workplace rudeness sets the stage for after-work stress and eventual health problems.

Does Everyone Really Love a Joker? (Does Anyone?)

Every school classroom seems to have a class clown—the nightmare of most teachers. However, we know very little about what happens to them when they enter the world of work, home, and community. When they grow up, these “wits” or jokesters can also create havoc to the other adults who inhabit their world.

Mental Health Screening Wouldn't Have Saved Germanwings 9525

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 30, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Screening must balance concerns of rare high-risk cases versus the vast majority of functional people with mental illness trying to overcome stigma and judgment

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' adoption provided an environment that helped him become the co-founder and major influence of Apple Computers, but his genetic inheritance was also crucial.

Ice Breakers: How to Warm Up a Training Group

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in A Sideways View
There are some really interesting psychological games and exercises which can help you get any group going? Here, four of the best are described

The Facts of (Business) Life

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

After the Germanwings Crash, 7 Lessons About Mental Illness

By Carrie Barron M.D. on March 30, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
Not all depressions are alike. Severe depression with psychotic features may elude a clinician as they are well masked or not present at the time of the exam. Symptoms ebb and flow, troubled people can be high functioning and we have much to uncover about the conditions of the Germanwings co-pilot.

Coping with Ever More Jobs Being Lost to Automation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
The Germanwings co-pilot's suicide/murder offers a vivid example of why employers are increasingly looking to replace humans with computers and other machines.

Do You Work in a Hostile Environment?

If you're feeling stressed at work, mindfulness may be the answer

Cluelessness 101

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
One of the seldom mentioned perks of being a college professor is the opportunity to play a role in the divine comedy of academic life, but we professors are not the stars of the show.

Are Millennials More Likely to Switch Jobs and Employers?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 in Diverse and Competitive
Millennials Have Three Times the Number of Job Changes as Baby Boomers and Matures

Pressure Anxiety: A Contemporary Plague

By Hendrie Weisinger on March 29, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
Pressure Anxiety---if you don't have it, chances are great you know many who do!

Middle Age Job Seekers need to get Social to Succeed

By Dwain Schenck on March 28, 2015 in Reset
Many middle age and older workers are taking little comfort these days in the lower national employment rate. Many of those who lost their jobs for one reason or another three to four years ago are still struggling to land even steady part time employment. The “oh boy” moment of how adversely unemployment was affecting me hit in the summer of 2012.

Contrarian Advice on Succeeding in Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
For those with doubts about the effectiveness of conventional career advice.

Entrepreneurs: 8 Tips for Telling Your Hero Story

If you are an entrepreneur, a salesperson, a comic, or a speaker, there is a story that you need to know and tell.

The 4 Pillars of Great Leadership

Over 100 years of research on leadership has clearly determined the keys to leader success. There are four key factors that make a leader effective, and here they are.

9 Warning Signs of Burnout

Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the twenty-first century. Educating busy professionals and workplaces about its warning signs is a big first step in reducing its impact.

Work-Life Balance is Dead

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in Glue
Technology has made work-life balance obsolete. Here's why we should aim for work-life integration instead.

Getting Off to a Good Start on Your New Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How to make the most of those first days on the job.

5 Ways to be Braver at Work

Ever found yourself playing it safe rather than speaking up, suggesting a change or taking a chance only to regret it later? There is no doubt, that from time to time, most of us wish we were a little braver when it comes to saying and doing what we think really needs to be done in our work. But what are the practical, tested steps you can take to be braver?

The Case of the Incentivized Applicant

How much is a job interview worth?

Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust

The kind of trust that builds good work relationships has conditions, boundaries, and limits. But, do you know them? Do you understand when not to trust?

A Contrarian Approach to Negotiation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
A kinder, gentler, often wiser approach to negotiating your compensation.

Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue, A Real Solution

By Shimi Kang M.D. on March 25, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Tigertown is a pushing, demanding, and stifling workplace. The hours are long, and the management is predatory, the employees are solitary, there is little community – definitely no mentors, and no time for fun or collegial bonding. Tigertown is an incubator for an insidiously growing problem - workplace bullying.

The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
Sitting there passively and giving canned answers is a formula for failure.

2 Reasons Why People Don't Get to Know the Real You

Assumptions come in many varieties, but two of the most powerful and pervasive of these are confirmation bias and the primacy effect.