psychology

The Pivotal Technique Cuts The Crap Out Of Learning How To Change

Figuring out a plan for your life and where you want it to go is literally impossible. Even if you can decide what you want, mapping out all the steps is a gargantuan task that will necessarily change. Skip the superfluous stress by identifying two simple, key points: where you are and where you’re going.


How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

Think of your most common habits and the regular culprits come to mind — biting your nails, snacking late at night, cracking your knuckles. Do something enough times and it becomes a behavioural pattern you do almost involuntarily. But is creativity any different?


How Survivorship Bias Skews Your Perceptions And Decisions

We all make decisions based on available information. It’s hard to blame us! That’s all we have. However, selective presentation of successes can make us believe that things like investments, business plans or opportunities are better than they are. This is called survivorship bias.


The Real Benefits Of Regular Family Meals (Beyond Good Food)

Family dinners aren’t just for the holidays. They actually have benefits far outside of sharing that ham or lamb feast among people you care about.


The Importance Of Saying Thank You, And Why You Should Say It Often

“Thank you” can be an incredibly powerful pair of words, especially if the person you’re thanking really needs to hear them, or isn’t expecting them. In this short TED talk, Dr Laura Trice muses over the power of saying thank you, and reminds us why we should say it — and ask to hear it — more often.


Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent, and how do they intersect with other phenomena such as climate change denial? Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions on the topic posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights.


Why The Hardest Tasks Matter The Most

Life hacking is all about doing things easier, but it’s important to remember that not everything is easy. There aren’t many “get rich quick” schemes in life — whether you’re talking about money, productivity, relationships or something else. Sometimes, the hardest tasks are the ones that matter the most.


Get Rid Of 'Earworms' By Playing Out The Full Song

Got a tune stuck in your head? Fire up your favourite music player or YouTube and play the song through to the end to get rid of that “earworm”, suggests Dr Fredric Neuman, Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Centre at White Plains Hospital.


How Being Humble, Kind And Calm Will Make Your Life Easier

You’ve heard it all your life: being humble, kind and calm is the “right thing to do”. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: humility, kindness and calmness can actually help you get ahead in life.


Reduce Information Overload By Being Mindful

Information overload has become an everyday experience for anyone who works with computers, owns a smartphone or waits at a bus stop with minute-by-minute updates about arrival times.