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This star hedge fund manager has CIA interrogators give all his potential hires a personality test

"We actually administer a three-step personality exam that's conducted by a former CIA interrogator," Karp told hedge fund recruiter Ilana Weinstein, the founder of IDW Group, this week during the Milken Institute's Global Conference.<p>Karp said that he learned about this type of test at his previous …

Anthropologist explains why we cheat on people we love

Simply put, she says, that person becomes the center of the world. You have an intense craving to be with that person, not just sexually, but emotionally. You can list the things you don't like about them, but all that gets pushed aside and you focus only on what you do like about them.<p>"It's an …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

If you've got high aspirations, talent and motivation are only prerequisites for an elite job. A charismatic personality is what really takes you to the top.<p>Napoleon Hill, author of the best-selling 1937 book "Think and Grow Rich," explored the habits of the most likable people in his essay …

20 Ways to Supercharge Your Ability to Learn

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Are Index-Fund Investors Smarter?

Index funds don’t just outperform most actively managed mutual funds. They also make more money for investors.<p>And, no, I didn’t just repeat myself.<p>At issue here is the distinction between a fund’s total return and its dollar-weighted return. The total return is the standard performance number you …

Investing

5 Signs You Will Become a Millionaire

A million isn't what it used to be. But it's not bad, and here's how you get there.<p>A million bucks isn’t what it used to be. When your father, or …

10 Transformational Truths You Need to Know

Life is a series of course corrections. We either experience or learn through someone else's experience. However, encountering a situation doesn't ensure that we always retain the lesson. Here are some reminders of those universal truths.<p><b>1. If it doesn't resonate, release.</b><p>You would think that this …

5 Types of Friends That Everyone Has

<b>The Comic Relief</b><p>Recently a close pal and I were both coping with very ill parents. There’s nothing funny about disease and dying, but for a whole …

Exploring The Metaphysics Of Love

Valentine's Day isn't just about flowers and chocolates and heart-shaped candies. It's fundamentally about love. And we all know what love is, right?<p>Well, not so fast. Is love an emotion? An experience? Is it a kind of desire? Is it possible to love a fictional person? To love more than one person? …

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

10 Surprising Benefits You'll Get From Keeping a Journal

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>When it comes to keeping a journal, stereotypes of <i>Sweet Valley High</i> and Napoleon Dynamite quickly come to mind; "Dear diary" is reserved for the high-school sweetheart or awkward recluse. Others see writing merely as a tool, a pragmatic means to an end, certainly without value …

8 Ways That Money Can Buy Happiness

Another paper from Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert (author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness) spells out 8 ways we can spend our money …

A master networker shares his top 20 networking tips

At one of Jon Levy's house parties you could find yourself, as we recently did, making fajitas with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Regina Spektor and leading snake venom expert Zoltan Takacs before watching live presentations from Bill Nye the Science Guy and break-dancing pioneer Richard …

Google Docs

9 Things Incredibly Attractive People Do

Most human beings harbor generally superficial tendencies, which is why most people respond to marketing that features attractive models and celebrities.<p>Attractive people are more likely to become leaders, make more money, get better opportunities, and attract other attractive people as mates.<p>But …

Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic

In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around. When it’s a gay relationship, those words …

Opinions Versus Opinionated

I have opinions! <i>Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary</i> defines opinion as: "A view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter." In describing how "opinion" is used, <i>Webster</i> says, "Opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute."<p>Yes, I have opinions about: …

10 Scientific Insights About Happy Families

• Seeing friends and family regularly is worth an extra $97,265 a year. Being close to your family makes you trust strangers less. We watch TV and read …

Islam is defined by its followers. We moderate Muslims must act

Paris Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack: It’s vital, should a religion be ‘hijacked’ in any way, that the majority of its followers at least discuss the problem, argues Shaheen Hashmat<p>“Allah Akbar!” was the cry from two gunmen, armed with Kalashnikovs, who burst into the offices of French magazine</i> …

Religion

10 Ways ​To Become Incredibly Charismatic

We can't always define it, but some people have "it" — they're naturally charismatic.<p>Unfortunately, natural charisma quickly loses its impact. Familiarity breeds, well, familiarity.<p>But some people have the ability to maintain real charisma over time. They build and maintain great relationships, …

Over The Past 150 Years, There Has Been A Profound Shift In What Humans Do With Their Time

Most human beings get about 75 years of existence.<p>That's about 3,900 weeks. Or 27,000 days. Or 648,000 hours.<p>We spend about a third of those hours sleeping, a number that hasn't changed much over the centuries.<p>What has changed is what we do with the remaining time.<p>As the following two charts show, …

3 Magic Phrases Every Interviewer Wants To Hear

We can all agree that interviewing is a pretty imperfect way to evaluate a job candidate. For the interviewee, so much of the experience can feel like a game of guess-the-answer-in-the-interviewer’s-head. It’s hard to know if what you’re sharing is even remotely close to what the hiring manager is …

The Mid-Life Divorce: Don't Get Taken, Don't Get Even

It’s the gray liberation movement: One in four divorces are now initiated by either a Baby Boomer or the generation before them.<p>Even as younger …

Why Bad People Make The Best Leaders

Want to build a great leader? Don’t start with a good person. Start with a <i>bad</i> person–then chisel, sandpaper and polish as necessary.<p>Most of the modern leadership development industry is based on a myth. It’s a feel-good myth, spread by consultants and academics and “gurus,” about how the best …

How money experts handle their own finances | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - We personal finance writers really do eat our own cooking.<p>A woman counts U.S. dollars at a money changer in Yangon May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun<p>I don’t mean that in the metaphorical sense in which it is usually used - the question of whether we follow our own advice is …

Central Banks Are At War With The 4th Horseman Of The Economic Apocalypse

Inflation and deflation are often topics of discussions as I travel, but I find that there is general confusion about what inflation and deflation actually are. This is understandable, since many economists don't agree on the definitions, so they are often talking about totally different phenomena. …

The Global Financial Crisis: A Turning Point

Much has been written about the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. Pundits and partisans have assigned blame for its causes, evaluated policy responses, and debated what measures, if any, are necessary to prevent “it” from happening again. Less attention has been paid, however, to the fact that …

8 habits every student should master before graduation

While students should always audit and analyze themselves and their progress often, there are some habits that they are best to adapt sooner than later.<p>All knowledge could be useful for something in the future, and it’s always great to have as many skills as possible.<p>Here is a list of common habits …

Is Religion Inherently Violent?

In her new book, Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars.<p>"Piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen. It was necessary to pick one's way over the bodies of men and horses." This was how the historian Raymond of Aguilers described Jerusalem in 1099, as he …

Tim Cook Speaks Up

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to …