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Decision Making

Your Brain and Gut Decisions

Daniel Goleman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science
Daniel Goleman

"When you're self-aware, you get a gut feeling. You have a heartfelt sense. Sometimes those feelings are really important. There's wisdom in the body. Yet sometimes, if we have been traumatized, for example, the gut feeling we get can lead us astray."

The Benefits of Befriending Your Future Self

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

When was the last time you checked in with your future self? I mean really sat down and envisioned who you would be decades from now and what your lif...

Is Gratitude a Tool for Patience?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In AA and other recovery programs, willpower is an unreliable tool for abstinence. Effortful self-regulation can and does fail us, and such failures can leave us vulnerable to impatient decision making. A better alternative can be seen in another practice well known in the rooms of recovery -- the gratitude list.

Gamification Based Decision-Making in Breakthrough Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Quickly separating promising design concepts from the mediocre saves time and money and mediates destructive political gamesmanship. However, the chal...

Listen to Your Heart: A Misguided Philosophy

Shannon Oliver | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Shannon Oliver

Listen to your heart when it's beating too hard at the gym or when your indigestion makes it clear to hold off on the Indian food for a while. But please don't listen to it when making important decisions unless your brain has spoken its piece, as well.

The Addict's Perilous Bargain

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?

Our Most Underused Resource: Intuition

Cassie Hughes | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Cassie Hughes

Intuition is one of the most powerful resources we are given. Sitting in business meetings, it is startling how listening to our natural gut instinct has been replaced with formulaic research, analysis, and number crunching.

10 Ways To Uncover Your Truth

Alexandra Harra | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

Truth can be both objective and subjective; there are irrefutable and opinion-oriented truths. Being that truth is largely relevant to each of us, we often find ourselves asking: What is the right thing to do? And by "right," we refer to our truest decisions.

Do Something, Do Nothing, or Decide You Don't Care

Edward Muzio | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

When I was a kid, we didn't have weather. That doesn't sound right. I'm pretty sure we had weather. We just didn't talk about it much. That doesn't ...

You're the CEO -- You Decide

Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD

At first it might sound a little daunting to get started with integrative decision making. Even when making a relatively rash decision, you might get that frustrating feeling of weighing far too many options. A well-thought-out decision might feel like it has even more moving parts.

The 9 Best Decisions You Could Make For A Happier Life

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

You will never regret the decision to stand up for your rights, your worth and your own beliefs. Make your voice heard in polite but firm ways. Empower yourself by knowing you possess undying strength to forge ahead. Stand up, in particular, against three things: conventions, limitations and injustice.

You Only Get to Plan the Wedding Once Unless You Want to Pay to Plan It Over and Over Again

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.12.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Remember what they told you in school about standardized tests? Your first instinct is usually correct. If you're unsure, don't mess with it. When it doubt, pick "C." Same rules go for wedding planning.

Little Authoritarians: The Closing of Young Minds

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

The scientists predicted that children of parents high in authoritarianism would be more sensitive to cues of conventionality -- that is, that they would be more trusting of unfamiliar adults who appeared to respect conventions. And that's just what they found.

The Paradox of Breakthrough Innovations

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Creating breakthrough innovations require designers to live on the edge in order to sustain an extended exploration of concepts. Since working with br...

An Open Letter To My Body

Susan Bernstein | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Bernstein

Body, I'm truly grateful to you. I'm done ignoring, overlooking and pushing your wisdom aside. I'm going to listen to you. In important matters, like career, love, friendships and family, I'll trust your guidance. Please help me sense what matters.

The 5 Things Great Leaders Must Do Very Well

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

I don't believe in leadership styles. We certainly hear plenty from all sorts of business gurus that this style or that is ideal. I would argue, however, that talking about styles has little value because we are incapable of leading in a way that is inconsistent with who we are as people.

Left Brain, Right Stuff by Phil Rosenzweig

Phil Simon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

Readers looking for simple five-point checklists will find this book wanting. To that I say, "Good." Success in life and business hinges upon much more than pithy bromides. It's messier and much more nuanced, and this challenging book is a breath of fresh air.

Making Inclusive Space: Bringing the 'Peoples' into the UN

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Bonian Golmohammadi

Over the years, the relationship between the UN and "the people," or civil society, has eroded, and hasn't kept up with the changing dynamics of global governance.

The Case of the Evil Genius

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What do dishonesty and wit have in common, that they so readily occupy the same mind? Does creativity lead to unethical behavior, or do cheating and lying spur the imagination? Is creativity just a socially acceptable form of violating norms and breaking the rules?

Your Best Mantra for 2014

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

What truly can't be changed, you can choose to accept, which simply means no longer blaming yourself or others and releasing all of that toxic anger that is directed both inward and outward.

Fail Forward Fast: Get Over Being Right and Get On With Getting On With It

Edward Muzio | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

I'd like for you to get over the idea that you should be making correct decisions. If that sounds like a dumb thing to say, consider this: When you...

In Defense of the "M" Word

Abree Murch | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Abree Murch

There seems to be a growing social undercurrent, particularly for young females, to resist marriage as an old-fashioned institution and focus instead on building a successful career. My question is this: why can't you have both?

A ClusterDuck of Thinking: A Collusion of Self-Deception and Half-Truths

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science
Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Thanks to a burst of media attention this week centering around a certain actor from A&E's show "Duck Dynasty," we may be thinking we have learned som...

No Fate! Or Maybe Fate. What's Your Choice?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fatalism is a supernatural belief, and it can indeed have harmful consequences for the way we act in the world. But where does fatalism come from?

What Can We Learn From Meerkats?

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.12.2013 | Science

What can humans learn from meerkats? More than you might imagine. A provocative new study shows that, among meerkats and other social animals, con...