Category: Intuition

Decision Skills Matter

To what extent do decision skills matter in real live? Do these skills actually lead to better decision outcomes and fewer unpleasant life events? Or, more specifically: do people who perform better on hypothetical decision tasks also make better real-world decisions, to the extent

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Age Differences in Decision Making Skills

A recent study confirms it again: older adults do well with decisions that require emotional skills. Old age affects our decision-making skills in quite complex ways. Some cognitive skills decline with age, while emotional skills may even improve. This leads

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Decision Styles: Are Some Better Than Others?

I was excited to find a new study about decision styles and how they relate to decision qualities. We know that people have different ways of approaching decisions – or different decision styles. Several studies have suggested the existence of five

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Featured Video: How to Make Hard Choices

I would love to hear what other people take away from this TED talk. Is it helpful? I have lost the distance to the topic, so I want to say: “yes, sure, but there’s more! there’s help! there are tools!” But I guess that’s not

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Book Recommendation: The Upside of Irrationality

Dan Ariely (2011). The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic. Dan Ariely is a great thinker, scientist and story-teller. In this book, he weaves personal anecdotes and research findings together to help us gain insight into our

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Quote for February – Don’t Argue

“If reason conflicts with a strong emotion, don’t try to argue. Enlist a conflicting and stronger emotion.” — Gerd Gigerenzer   Share this…

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Self-Assessments Part III: The Myth of Personality Types

Or: Mind the Bell-Curve First of all, here’s a fun article about the Myers Briggs (MBTI) that I wish I had written myself. It speaks from my heart. But even apart from the Myers Briggs, any theory claiming that people

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Decision Fatigue: Time for a Break Now?

It turns out that making decisions is tiring and wears us out, more so than other (similarly difficult) mental tasks. At this point, a large body of research shows that whenever we make many choices in a row, the quality of our decisions

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Featured Video: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

This RSA talk by Dan Hurly is a bit slow (I recommend listening to it while doing something else, rather than watching), but I found the content excellent, well-researched and important. (The actual talk starts at 1:30 and ends at

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Book Recommendation: Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel T. Gilbert. Stumbling on Happiness. This is my pick for the season: an entertaining and well-researched book about our failures to predict what will make us happy or unhappy in the future, and about how these misconceptions affect our

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