Q: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? A: Luck

By Ray Williams May 15, 2021 Many super successful people will tell you they were lucky to have been at the right place at the right time. Everyone can’t be at the right place at the right time. According to both fascinating new science highlighted by the MIT...
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The “American Dream”-Does Personality and IQ Compensate for Poverty?

By Ray Williams May 15, 2021 We know that possessing certain personal traits can help people do better in life – by knuckling down, making the right connections or having the best ideas. A study goes further and asks whether a person’s traits and their background...
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Believing in a Favorable Future May Prevent Positive Action

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021   People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies published in Psychological Science. The findings show that this “belief in a favorable future”...
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Downward Head Tilt Can Make People Seem More Dominant

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021   We often look to people’s faces for signs of how they’re thinking or feeling, trying to gauge whether their eyes are narrowed or widened, whether the mouth is turned up or down. But findings published in Psychological Science,show...
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How Personality Affects Susceptibility to Persuasion

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021 Researchers at Edge Hill University in England have helped identify personality traits which make people more (or less) susceptible to persuasion than others. Senior Lecturer in Psychology Helen Wall and colleagues Linda Kaye and Andy Levy...
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Self-Confidence: Nature or Nurture?

Are you born being self-confident, or do you learn to be that way? This question is the classic nature vs. nurture inquiry. While conventional wisdom has been on the side of nurture, there’s research that indicates some people may be genetically predisposed to be... read more

How Apologies are the Glue That Holds Us Together

    We all want an apology when someone does us wrong. Are the apologies effective? From the person giving the apology, it may be assumed so. From the perspective of the person receiving, it, maybe not. But showing changed behavior may be more convincing.... read more

Is Mind Wandering a Good or Bad Thing?

Is mind wandering a good thing or bad thing? Is it the same as being on “autopilot,” without being conscious of what you are doing? There seems to be several differing perspectives on these questions.

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How Neuroscience Can Help Us Make Better Decisions

    We make dozens of decisions every day, some simple, some more complex. Some internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 conscious decisions each day.We make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell... read more

Should You “Trust Your Gut” to Make Decisions?

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? Does it matter if you face a decision that is personal versus a decision you have at work? Does the amount and reliability of information prompt you to make a decision solely on logic and rationality, or does gut feeling... read more

Why Nelson Mandela Was A Great Leader

Nelson Mandela, or “Madiba” as he was affectionately known, has died. Not only have we lost a great man and a great leader for his country, but also a shining example of the kind of leadership we so desperately need today. He has left a huge inspirational vacuum.

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Are You Addicted to Busyness? The Damage to Productivity and Well Being

Talk to almost anyone today, and they complain about having “no time,” about being too busy. And we now equate that busyness to productivity and a characteristic of a successful life. The truth of the matter is that busyness does not result in greater productivity and that busyness is contributing to a culture of continuous anxiety and stress.

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What do We Know About Happiness?

This extended and thorough article is a 20 minute read.     Did you know what over 45,000,000 people search for happiness on GOOGLE monthly? And that’s just on the main search engine.  As amazing as the number is, something struck. This number could... read more