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Decision Making

You Follow Advice Despite Conflicts of Interest

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An adviser's job is to help you get what you want. Yet, when your advisers have a reason to recommend something that is better for them than it is for you, there is still a desire to help them out at your own expense.

The Declaration: When Being Indecisive Is Intelligent

Nzinga Young | Posted 05.25.2013 | College
Nzinga Young

Young people rush to choose a major to fulfill a college identity, not necessarily because it's what they enjoy. The beauty of admitting that you aren't sure what to study is that people are more willing to help you.

New Play Development: Death By Talkback

Monica Bauer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Maybe you've been there as a playwright, as I have. Maybe you've been there as an audience member. Maybe you've been there as part of a system of "new play development." Maybe it's been working against the creation of vibrant and exciting new theater. I am speaking of the Talkback.

Are You Trying to Make the Wrong Decision?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Worrying about decisions you don't have to make yet creates an anxiety-producing talk track in your head. It impedes your performance because it distracts you from being fully present and it has a chilling effect on others.

The Slippery Slope: Why Are Companies Working So Hard to Solve the Wrong Problems?

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Allison O'Kelly

Which trade-offs are acceptable and which are losing propositions? Inevitably, if a company begins to see employee satisfaction, engagement and loyalty as a trade-off, it is not headed in the right direction.

Why Entrepreneurs Are Animals -- And How That Can Help You Get Ahead

Brazen Life | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
Brazen Life

Ever regretted a business decision you made in the heat of the moment? Most of us have. And most of us have felt the urge to yelp with excitement when we win a big success, too. That's your inner animal at work -- literally.

How To Make Decisions You Won't Regret

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Think about a current situation in your life in which you're contemplating a big decision. Here is how to avoid second-guessing or regrets to feel best about your decision, as well as to master the decision-making process itself.

What a Mess: Chaos and Creativity

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the most influential ideas about crime prevention to come out in recent years is something called the "broken windows theory." According to this theory, small acts of deviance -- littering, graffiti, broken windows -- will, if ignored, escalate into more serious crime.

The Power of One: The Psychology of Charity

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our compassion and generosity should grow as the number of poor and suffering multiplies, but the opposite seems to occur. Some numbers are just too big and abstract to grasp, so they lose their power.

Let Your Heart Talk To Your Brain

HeartMath LLC | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Lately, I hear more and more people across different disciplines and walks of life talking about the heart. People seem to be waking up to the wisdom of letting their hearts guide them, finding it leads them to more joy and fulfillment. This is news that does my heart good.

When Patients Do Nothing: Illness and Inertia

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the most daunting public health challenges is getting people to take care of themselves in the most basic ways.

This Will Help You Make Better Descisions

Raul Valdes-Perez | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Raul Valdes-Perez

Every day, both in life and at work, people make wrong decisions that could have been avoided. Or they make right decisions, but lack the confidence that lets them do away with stress and proceed with vigor. Are these inalterable facts of life, or is there a remedy?

What Folding Chairs Taught Me About Skepticism

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

What is it that separates everyday trust -- everyday leaps of faith, even -- from the kinds of ironclad beliefs that inspire jihads; crusades; leper-kissing; cathedral-building? How does one become so utterly sure of an idea that rests on so many unproven assumptions?

An Economy of Thought

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 04.02.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Psychologists Wouter Kool and Matthew Botvinick have provided exciting new evidence for a principle that has been referred to as the "law of least mental effort" -- they have shown that individuals treat mental effort very similarly to how they treat physical effort.

Contemplation: A Healthy State of Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.25.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Many people do not have a scale, and what's more, do not want one. Or if they have one, they never use it. There are many explanations for such avoidance.

The Time-Saving Rule That Most People Think Is Stupid

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it, I have a blind spot; I have a hard time spotting bad intent. But viewing the world through a lens of mistrust creates problems, as well. When you walk around expecting people to treat you badly, they usually do.

Is Raising Good Decision Makers Parents' Greatest Challenge?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Making ill-advised decisions and experiencing the consequences helps your children learn how to make better decisions.

My Unsolicited Advice for the 113th U.S. Congress

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Like most Americans, I am ready for politics unusual. We all need to take bold risks to unite our country and to move us forward. I challenge the new Congress to embrace some of these ideas about being open, holistic, and relational. I know that I will.

Post-Sandy New York: A Model for Collaboration in Problem Solving

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 03.09.2013 | New York
Will Friedman, Ph.D

As the city shapes its future post-Sandy, can it also become a role model for how a community of leaders and citizens can work together to solve complex and potentially volatile public problems?

Is Technology Creating a Generation of Bad Decision Makers?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Children can make regrettable decisions more quickly, be caught in badly-conceived acts more readily and be more publicly humiliated before a far broader audience than ever before.

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

Does Our Planet Need A Stroke of Insight?

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

2013-01-03-boltetaylorpullThe issues of mental health and global health are closely linked -- if not one and the same. Similar processes we use to improve our mental health can help us make better, more responsible decisions as a society -- by focusing on the compassion and integrity of our right brain, rather than the judgment, punishment and deception of our left brain.

Old Tools for New Tasks: How Your Brain Decides When Change Is Good

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

When you learn something new -- a sequence of letters, for example -- an ancient structure known as the midbrain sends squirts of the chemical dopamine to your prefrontal cortex, effectively tagging the new information as "for your immediate attention."

Why the Worst Choices are the Best Choices -- A New Kind of New Year's Resolution

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

Many of the decisions that seem the most unreasonable to our families, our friends and often even to us, aren't actually unreasonable at all. In many cases -- dare I say most -- they're totally and completely right for us.

How I Managed My Mom's Cancer Treatment Trial

Tory Zellick | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

Sometimes, to be a good caregiver, we have to put our own needs and opinions aside, so as to support our loved one in making their own choice about their own life. Take the example of my mom -- three years into her battle with breast cancer -- deciding to participate in a clinical trial.