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- Feb 1 20132 minutes
Why Being a Workaholic Is Counterproductive
Sometimes self-destructive workaholic behavior can get so out of hand there's only one recourse left: an office intervention. Enter Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor of leadership armed with an eagle eye for counterproductive work st
- Oct 21 20164 minutes
Nipping Student Violence In The Bud
Researchers say they can analyze words to tell which kids are most likely to become violent. Now what?
- May 5 20153 minutes
How Enormous Dominoes Can Help You Rethink Saving for Retirement
It’s a clear warm day in early August, and the Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert is lucky it isn’t windy. Towering right behind him stands a 30-foot tall domino. It’s 15 feet wide, four feet long, and weighs two tons. Gilbert, who is bald and has a th
- Mar 25 20174 minutes
Escaping Office Ennui Through Painful Exercise
A study explores how Tough Mudders allow the “cognitariat” a break from the tedium of sedentary work
- Jan 21 201610 minutes
The Problem with Nature Therapy: The medicalization of nature turns a relationship into a dose.
In a popular online video, Nature Rx, a depthless-eyed, rakishly bearded man prescribes nature as the drug of choice for your stress, cynicism, narcissism, and other “crippling symptoms of modern life.” There are scenes of campfires, mist-covered lak
- Nov 1 20161 minute
Noncash-Bonus Time: Three Key Strategies
KNOW YOUR OBJECTIVE. It’s critical to determine how the bonus you’re awarding supports what you and your company want to achieve, says Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and the author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Cha
- Feb 1 20151 minute
Do You Have Entrepreneurial DNA?
The Founder Institute, a startup training and launch program, has developed a test to identify entrepreneurial personality traits. Take the abbreviated quiz below for a quick evaluation of your entrepreneurial prowess. PART 1: Each puzzle has three r
- Apr 1 20171 minute
The Upside Of Outliers
Greater loyalty “There’s a secret sauce in hiring a person who knows that I believe in him enough to take a chance,” says David Williams, CEO of Fishbowl, an inventory software firm near Salt Lake City. Williams has hired everyone from his electricia
- Oct 16 20161 minute
What is the Point of a Quantified Self?
MELISSA DAHL: The Fitbit was introduced at a tech conference eight years ago. It’s kind of incredible to realize that, before then, this idea of the “quantified self” didn’t really exist in the mainstream. JESSE SINGAL: I feel like it’s the intersec
- Feb 9 201712 minutes
Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose?: Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic.
I had a tough time in high school. Like many other young adolescents, I saw myself as fundamentally flawed, and felt a searing isolation. Nothing I looked forward to brought any hope. I stopped getting out of bed. I cut myself. I drafted a suicide no
- Mar 27 20172 minutes
Feel The Burnout
WHAT IS IT? In the 1970s, New York psychologist Herbert Freudenberger felt overworked, but also like he wasn’t accomplishing anything—a confusing combination. After some expert self-analysis, he determined that he wasn’t suffering simply from exhaus
- Oct 24 20161 minute
How Thinking Like a Kid Can Spur Creativity
IT’S COMMON FOR ADULTS TO FEEL LIKE we’re drowning in judgment—“You’re not famous enough,” “You’re not smart enough,” “You’re not thin enough.” The weight of these appraisals, from others and from ourselves, can prevent us from looking at the world a
- Oct 13 201610 minutes
How to Choose Wisely: From Yelping to dating, there’s a better way.
Sparkling or still water? Organic or conventional avocados? Four stars or three-and-a-half? The modern world sets loose upon us a barrage of choice in the consumer marketplace, while the Internet not only expands our consumption opportunities—giving
- Oct 17 20135 minutes
The Artist of the Unbreakable Code: Composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.
As someone who has studied and practiced family therapy for 37 years, I am repeatedly struck by a secret’s impact on a family. With the best intentions, parents often strive to protect a child from a shameful or painful event that happened in the pas
- Feb 1 201716 minutes
Listen To The Voices In Your Head
Schizophrenics and other people with unquiet minds are locked up, medicated, and stigmatized. Now a radical movement is telling them they might not be sick at all.
- Apr 5 20172 minutes
Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD
Six questions like "How often do you procrastinate?" can help doctors identify adults with ADHD, researchers say. They estimate that the disorder impairs daily functions for about 8 percent of adults.
- Jan 1 20131 minute
2013's Entrepreneurial Women to Watch
Our first annual list of seven of the most innovative woman leaders from technology to retail to health and more.
- Feb 5 201513 minutes
The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic: Walter Pitts rose from the streets to MIT, but couldn’t escape himself.
I walk into Starbucks in Achrafieh, Beirut and feel all eyes on me. I tug at my top self-consciously, probably making things worse, and wonder a) do I look like an easy Westerner; b) do I look like a ragamuffin (in comparison to the groomed Lebanese)
- Feb 4 20164 minutes
Why We Swim in Quarries: The powerful allure of the deep azure.
There was a place in Iowa in 1995, tucked away in the dark-green fields of soybeans and corn, where a flooded rock quarry shimmered aquamarine. I stood on its edge one hot summer day with two friends. Like most teenagers, we were drawn to the rebelli
- Nov 5 20132 minutes
The Secret Costs of Keeping Secrets
Keeping a secret can be hard work. It may seem relatively easy to avoid mentioning your friend’s surprise birthday party or your co-worker’s recent breakup, but concealing even trivial information, let alone important things, can be exhausting. When
- Feb 2 20172 minutes
How to Make Time Pass Quickly
Sometimes people ask me why time seems to move faster as we age. Recently the question has morphed into something closer to: Is there any way to harness this effect to make certain periods of time move more quickly? As in, for example, the next four
- Apr 10 20171 minute
His Secret Struggle
YouTube superstar Connor Franta made headlines when he came out as gay to his millions of online fans in 2014. But even in a world where self-exposure can lead to fame, Franta, 24, has held back. For years the Hokah, Minn., native has privately suffe
- Mar 23 20173 minutes
Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?
The conflict has created chronic mental pain in a country with few mental health specialists. Dr. Hassum Jefee-Bahloul, a Syrian psychiatrist who now lives in the U.S., has a plan to help.
- Feb 1 20153 minutes
Blame and Credit: How to Encourage Fairness and Accountability Under Pressure
Q: We are under pressure to deliver results at my company. Energy is maxed out, and tempers and the blame game have disrupted what was initially a very collegial team. How do I lead through this rough patch? A: Blame is toxic, so the best way to cha
- Feb 20 20147 minutes
Is It Normal to Hoard?: Hoarding shows us at our best, and worst.
Animals like to hoard. Christopher E. Overtree, director of the Psychological Services Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a specialist in treating hoarding, says that “the mechanisms triggering this kind of biological reflex are p
- Mar 1 20131 minute
How to Stay Excited About Your Business
A motivational psychology expert suggests strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm about your startup starts to waver.
- Feb 11 20169 minutes
She’ll Text Me, She’ll Text Me Not: The science of waiting in modern courtship.
A few years ago there was a woman in my life—let’s call her Tanya—and we had hooked up one night in Los Angeles. We’d both attended a birthday party, and when things were winding down, she offered to drop me off at home. We had been chatting and flir
- Jul 15 20132 minutes
Why People Love to Get Lost in Books
In the huge range of different human cultural inclinations, one of the most widespread is a fondness for stories. We just love to get lost in a good book or movie. When we do, we tend to ignore where we are and become completely absorbed in the story
- Sep 1 20162 minutes
The Savvy Way to Survive Election Season at the Office
Q: Election season has polarized my company. Several employees argue over politics, and work relationships are getting strained. How do I keep things civil? A: You don't have to become a dictator to fix your office's cold political climate, but you w