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Decision Making

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...

Tiny Foragers: How Do We Know What's Safe to Eat?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's the holiday season, and we'll soon be decorating our home with greenery -- holly sprigs, poinsettia, maybe a mistletoe, and of course the tree, probably some kind of spruce. What we are doing in effect is creating a treacherous world for our youngest revelers to explore.

The Hardest Kind Of Negotiation Is With Yourself

Posted 12.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Negotiating is always tough, but it is perhaps hardest when you're negotiating with yourself. That familiar feeling of an internal wrestling match ...

WATCH: Why You Should Visit Your Doctor With 'Suitable Skepticism'

Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living

When you come face to face with a medical diagnosis, one of the biggest challenges is combing through the research and making an informed decision. Bu...

The 'Corporate Creative' -- Five Essentials for an Imaginative Business Mind

Bob Deutsch | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

Creative people all share five key cognitive processes that are consistent across culture, hierarchy and situational circumstance. Let's take a look at the primary aspects of this critical bent of mind.

How Do You Make a Major Life Decision?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.25.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

I recently had dinner with a former client whom I had worked with about 15 years ago. Cassie (not her real name) was in her teens then and she is now ...

"It's All Feelings, Baby!" - How Is This Reflected In Design?

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.24.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Most decisions are made flying by the seat of our pants, even the important and life changing ones. So why do we develop products and services, as if ...

How to use data analytics effectively in federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government, like private industry, is inundated with data demands and susceptible to the hype that big data will improve productivity and ...

How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Make Better Decisions

Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living

The secret to making smarter decisions that aren't swayed by your current emotions -- particularly when your emotions are unrelated to the decision at...

The Tricky Truth About Saying No to Our Kids

Lynn Messina | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Lynn Messina

Without question, a lot of issues parents deal with demand straight up-or-down votes, but many of the important ones deserve a little procedural respect, sometimes even a debate.

Dr. Phil: The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your Life

Posted 11.11.2013 | OWN

By Dr. Phil There's a four letter F word that's not offensive to your sensibilities. It won't send your moral compass spinning like a top. But ...

10 Decisions Happy People Make

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

You can't predict your life, nor can you engineer the perfect next step, so stop putting pressure on yourself to figure things out. Step forward even if you are afraid or unsure.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

No Conflict: Transparency and Morals

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

considerable evidence suggests that mandatory disclosure can backfire, harming rather than helping the consumer. Consumers don't act on such information, and advisors -- feeling morally licensed by their righteous act -- actually become more biased in dispensing advice.

Being There for Ourselves

Christine Eilvig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

In many ways it's simple. We need to stop being so mean to ourselves. We need to listen to our needs. And we need to find the courage to act on our needs.

A Race Toward the Mental Finish Line

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Imagine that each time you have to make a choice there are two imaginary lines drawn, one to your left and the other to your right, both equally spaced from where you start out.

Psyched Out by McDonald's: The Psychological Phenomena Behind McDonald's Latest Commitment to Health

Sonya Bentovich | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Sonya Bentovich

Hold your applause for fast food giants like McDonald's -- call them out on their ineffective commitments and hold them to a higher standard.

7 Steps To Making Better Decisions

Posted 10.22.2013 | OWN

By Catherine Price I felt like punching Benjamin Moore in the face. My husband and I had just moved across the country, and after a flurry of b...

Poem: Of Two Minds

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

image credit: Cathy Lees Of Two Minds Dear Miss Manners, teach me how to reach a decision. When I reach for it, what will it feel like, fingertip...

How to Save More Money: It's a Matter of Time

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.16.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Americans are living precarious lives. Nearly half of all families -- many with homes and cars and jobs -- are one misfortune away from financial disaster. Why do they lack the foresight to secure their financial futures?

Are You One of the Lucky Ones?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Jan and I believe that we all have what it takes to be a good parent if we take the time to consider how we want to parent.