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Decision Making

Should You Marry That Guy?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.30.2015 | Women
Samantha Boardman MD

Should you marry that guy? Should you take that job offer in Seattle? Should you go back to school? For many people, important decisions like these are sources of dread and anxiety. They dominate our thoughts during the day and keep us up at night.

How to Make Good Decisions

Brendon Burchard | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Brendon Burchard

When uncertain or afraid, how do we free ourselves from delay, make good decisions, and take decisive action? Three strategies... 1. Make decisions...

Commitment-Phobe? This Is for You

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Hannah Lamarque

More than anything, my inability to make a decision comes down to my fear of commitment. It is not the long-term prospect of being tied to something which shakes me up inside but rather, the terror that I could have committed to the wrong thing.

Should I Say Yes or No? Here's How to Decide

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Rosella LaFevre

When you utter the word "yes," what are you saying "no" to? Are you okay with giving up those things? If so, then you know agreeing to the first thing is the right decision.

Anxious About a Work-Related Conflict? You're Likely to Make a Bad Decision!

Douglas LaBier | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Douglas LaBier

These findings are relevant to everyone in their career roles, but perhaps have greatest significance for those in high-impact decision making positions, whose judgment and decisions affect the organization's success.

5 Daily Habits Overlooked By Small Business Owners

Vito Glazers | Posted 03.30.2015 | Small Business
Vito Glazers

Maintaining strong daily habits can in turn lead to long-term success for business owners in virtually every industry. However, many business owners are overlooking some of the most basic daily habits that can help their company thrive.

Carolyn Gregoire

What Magicians Can Teach Us About The Art Of Manipulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.27.2015 | Science

When Jay Olson was a 5-year-old living in Vancouver, British Columbia, a magician pulled a coin from his ear and sparked a lifelong fascination with m...

Regarding the "Small Minority" of Religious Extremists

Gad Saad | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

It is imperative that when discussing issues such as what constitutes a "small minority" of religious extremists, that we be armed with the proper statistical information along with the ability to process the relevant data in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

'House of Cards' and Gender Equality

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Matt Hartman

rancis' remarks show his gendered bias; he believes that Claire owes him her position. Yet, he forgets, all too easily, that he owes his position to Claire.

Deciding What to Keep and What to Get Rid of

Helen Butler | Posted 05.03.2015 | HuffPost Home
Helen Butler

At some stage in the future, you regretted it. It may have been a few hours later, or a few weeks, or a few months, but eventually you regretted buying this item. We've all done it. Don't pretend you haven't!

To Make Better Decisions, Pretend You're Deciding for Someone Else

Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl Perhaps the very last person you should turn to for advice is yourself, according to a new post from the As...

How We Make Moral Decisions

Nina Wang | Posted 05.02.2015 | Science
Nina Wang

The concept of humans as rational beings whose actions are driven primarily by logic and reason needs to go -- our cognitive resources are more limited than we think, and we take shortcuts through reasoning more often than we know.

Why I Walked Away From $65,000

Kate McCready | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

The moral of the story -- sometimes it pays to say no and walk away from the things that are not serving you. And when you do walk away -- reflect back, learn and take that knowledge forward with you for the rest of your journey.

Hungry? Maybe Don't Go Shopping

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

A team of psychological scientists wondered if hunger might spill over into other behavioral domains, sometimes in irrational ways. Is it possible, that is, that hunger triggers an acquisitive mindset generally, one that piques our desire even for non-food? The scientists explored this provocative idea in several experiments.

Strategic Planning: Deciding How to Decide

Ray Gagnon | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Planning teams are invariably composed of very high-achievers with significant egos who hold strong opinions about all aspects of the business, its operating environment and each other.

Indecision Is a Decision Within Itself

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Nate Holzapfel

Indecision is a decision within itself. In life, we find ourselves making and avoiding decisions on a daily basis. Everytime we make a decision, we worry about the results, we worry about what we may have done wrong or how it could've been better.

The Power of Choice

Lubna Najjar | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lubna Najjar

Prepare, Evaluate and Follow Through. Have an idea of what you want beforehand and/or try to anticipate a future decision that must be made.

Vocation vs. Vacation

Zach Dean | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

I thought about what it would be like to go to work because it was my vocation. I wondered what would it be like to wake up every day and feel a strong feeling of suitability for my occupation? How would it change the way I experienced the world if instead of seeing work as a necessity.

Who Is Making the Decisions This Valentine's Day?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

We asked a fairly simple question to people who said they were planning to make some purchases for their significant other this Valentine's Day: Who will be making most of the decisions regarding the gift(s), meal and activities for this Valentine's Day?

How to Make Better Life-Changing Decisions

Elizabeth Rider | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Rider

At the end of the day the only way to get what we want out of life is to analyze how we will feel after we make important decisions. The 10-10-10 rule is powerful but simple. For any life decision, evaluate how you will feel in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years.

Sound of Intellect: The Psychology of the Elevator Pitch

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.07.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists Nick Epley and Juliana Schroeder believe there is something about speech that conveys not just the content of a person's mind but the capacity for reasoning, thoughtfulness and intellect. If they are right, job seekers should appear more thoughtful and intelligent when given the opportunity to speak, rather than write, about themselves. That's what they set out to test.

The Mental Shortcut That Dumbs Down Your Mind

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Clearly you have a choice, is it going to be safety or show? Your brain prefers for you to default to one or the other. But creating a false dichotomy is what keeps most organizations from creating a Tinkerbell.

Too Many Options? Four Questions Every Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur Should Ask Themselves

Denise Banks-Grasedyck | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
Denise Banks-Grasedyck

Too many options are apparently the kryptonite of the multi-passionate entrepreneur, because life really can be tough when you have so many choices.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

In the Bully Pulpit: 'It's the Right Thing to Do.'

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.30.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Strangely, given the importance of public opinion to successful governing, there has been little work done on the impact of how leaders frame and justify their decisions. Two psychological scientists at Berkeley's Haas School of Business are trying to change that.