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How and why do we pick our friends?

Studies of dolphins, primates and humans show the reason we choose the companions we do is more complex, and perhaps less honorable, than we might think.<p>“Friendship," wrote CS Lewis, “is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” He wasn't …

The psychology of the to-do list

Your mind loves it when a plan comes together – the mere act of planning how to do something frees us from the burden of unfinished tasks.<p>If your daily schedule and email inbox are anything like mine, you’re often left a state of paralysis by the sheer bulk of outstanding tasks weighing on your …

The psychology of why cyclists enrage car drivers

It’s not simply because they are annoying, argues Tom Stafford, it’s because they trigger a deep-seated rage within us by breaking the moral order of the road.<p>Something about cyclists seems to provoke fury in other road users. If you doubt this, try a search for the word "cyclist" on Twitter. As I …

Why money can't buy you happiness

Hope a lottery win will make you happy forever? Think again, evidence suggests a big payout won’t make that much of a difference. Tom Stafford explains why.<p>Think a lottery win would make you happy forever? Many of us do, including a US shopkeeper who just scooped $338 million in the Powerball …

How to Explain Your Career Transition

Shifting careers is often hard to explain. Whether you’re moving from one department to another in your own company or starting over in an entirely different field, you’re likely to face a litany of rejoinders: Why would you want to do <i>that</i>? Isn’t that a little risky? Are you really qualified? …

What We’ve Learned About Communicating with Employees in an Emergency

On Friday, with the Boston metro area on lockdown, many folks stuck at home were running an experiment in how much information can be consumed at once. I maxed out with a laptop streaming video coverage, iPhone full of tweets, TV blaring footage, and radio providing analysis — all simultaneously. …

What to Do When You’ve Made Someone Angry

I was running late. My wife Eleanor and I had agreed to meet at the restaurant at seven o’clock and it was already half past. I had a good excuse in the form of a client meeting that ran over and I wasted no time getting to the dinner as fast as possible.<p>When I arrived at the restaurant, I …

For Women Leaders, Likability and Success Hardly Go Hand-in-Hand

In their blog post, “New Research Shows Success Doesn’t Make Women Less Likable,” Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman conclude from their analysis of assessments of men and women leaders who have come through their leadership program that “likeability and success actually go together remarkably well for …

Are You Considering a Job with Two Managers?

If you are sitting in a job interview and hear the words “dotted line reporting,” you have just encountered the world of matrix management. In these organizational structures, you typically have two bosses: a “straight-line” direct boss, who is the person who prepares your performance review and …

Establish Credibility in a New Job

Parenting After Divorce: Minnesota Judge's Profound Advice For Divorced Parents

When you're in the middle of divorce and exhausted by arguments with your ex and meetings with your attorney, it's a sad reality that you're sometimes distracted from what <i>really</i> matters: your kids' welfare.<p>That's why we were so impressed when we stumbled upon the stern words Minnesota judge Michael …