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New Year's Neuroeconomics Politiku

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In 2010, the frequency of Politiku I post will be determined exclusively by the success and/or failure of my New Year's resolution to balance the number of unpaid writing projects with the number of paid writing project I take on.

The rush I get by hitting the "submit" button that forwards my post on to the Huffington Post's round the clock editorial staff is addictive. This is, in part, because the rush doesn't end with, submit.

I go to sleep only to wake to discover that the round the clock editorial elves have transmitted by post around the globe and back. A post, lovingly syndicated by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Business Week sustains my buzz. The re-tweets, follow up comments and spikes in my own blog traffic, only further sustain me.

I'm not saying that blogging for HuffPost isn't a worthy passion project, in and of itself. Nor am I saying that I don't genuinely benefit from the distinguished community to which the website connects me. I am simply saying that the disproportionately exhaustive process of pitching to editors, querying potential clients and calling to follow up on the status of unreceived paychecks, is far too undesirable by contrast.

In effort to avoid agonizing the pain caused by job scarcity, combined with the pain of MFA loans with metrics, I am resolving to only allow myself to indulge in the pleasurable Politiku process after successfully securing and completing a writing project or assignment that pays market rates.

Neuroeconomics, the study of how irrational financial decisions are made, tracks the neuropathways of consumers, investors and gamblers. As far as I know, it has not yet been discussed in conjunction with the neuropathways that light up during the blogging process.

Thanks to the behavioral specialists who generously contributed to my Neuroeconomics Politiku shout-out, we do now!

Joseph Weiner Politiku
Empty wallet. So?
"Life is short," wise people say.
Don't waste minutes, spend.

Joesph Weiner is Chief of Consultation Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Barbara J. Rubin Politiku

There's more than enough.
Recession? Conspiracy.
Bacchanalia.

Barbara J. Rubin, PsyD, is an Atlanta-based Licensed Psychologist and Member, American College of Forensic Examiners.

Alan Hall Politiku

MRI's don't lie
Tyrannical consumption
Now clouds my cortex

Alan Hall is a socionomist, researcher, writer and forecaster for The Socionomics Institute, founded by Robert Prechter. The Institute studies how waves of social mood produce patterns in financial and social behavior.

Mollie M. Marti Politiku
Simple pleasures free
Deals hidden in crowded malls
Back to the basics

Mollie Marti, PhD is the Founder of Best Life Design and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, The University of Iowa.

Georgia Witkin Politiku
Shorter lines, more help,
Early discounts, later hours,
Recession? Not bad!
Georgia Witkin, Ph.D., is an acclaimed professor of psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. An expert on family relationships and stress management, national health correspondent, author of ten books, and a TV personality.

Physko Politiku
It amazes me
Neuroeconomics claims
What Cro-Magnon knew


Trulyfool Politiku

High priests will tell us -
Econ gurus know it all -
Impulse is cold cash


Susanna Speier Politiku

Earn more and blog less:
My New Year's Resolution
moderates the buzz