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    Mental Time-Hacks for Saving Money

    Let’s face it: most of us are bad at saving money. It turns out it’s not our fault: our brains are wired in a way that makes it difficult to financially plan for the future. Thankfully, there are some tricks that can be used to sidestep this effect.   Your Future Self and Time Discounting […]

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    The “Nothing New Under The Sun” Fallacy

    There’s an old biblical proverb about there being “nothing new under the sun.” On one level, it is true: most of what we know of as creativity is actually the rehashing of old ideas. Writer Stephen King likens the creative process to “uncovering” the story like an archeological expedition, a sentiment which supports the “nothing […]

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    The Absolute Best Way to Change Behavior

    What do Yoda, vegetarians and Alcoholics Anonymous all have in common? They all work in absolutes to create permanent results. It turns out there’s solid science to support this approach. Every day many people try to change a bad habit and most of these efforts fail. This trying is well-intentioned, but doomed. In the words of Yoda: […]

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    Do Great Artists Really “Steal”?

    If you’ve spent any time around creatives you’ve probably heard a quotation that goes something like this: Good artists copy; great artists steal.   Variously attributed to Picasso, T.S. Elliot and even Steve Jobs, this sentiment is frequently echoed. On the surface it seems mildly offensive, which is what makes it so pithy. Yet it […]

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    There is No “Good” Without Guilt

    Have you ever heard someone say something like “live without regrets?” It sounds like a pleasant platitude at first, but stop to think about it for a moment. It’s one thing to not live life to the fullest because you are afraid, but this is something wholly different. To live without regrets, you must have either […]

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    How Rewards and Punishment Change Behavior

    The old “carrot and stick” are two of the most-used tools for motivation. Yet, do we really understand how they work? Recent research has found some surprising truths about these age-old tools of human psychology. Random Rewards Classical conditioning would have us consistently reward people for a task, yet this may not be the most effective […]

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    7 Ways Companies Exploit Psychology

    Companies are always looking for an edge: to acquire more customers, or get more money out of the existing customers. The use of certain techniques is not necessarily nefarious, but smart consumers should still be aware of the ways companies might try to use psychological research to exploit them. Simply being aware of these tricks […]

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    How Doing Well in School can Ruin Your Career

    When I was in high school, someone once told me that “the A students work for the B students; the B students work at the C students’ companies, and the D students are the janitors.” What the person was trying to say was that the meticulous engineers worked for the more social MBAs, who worked for […]

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