Tag: psychology

How to Make Better Decisions

February 16th, 2014   •   2 comments   

How to Make Better Decisions
Courtesy of Life Hacker

Decisions, decisions, decisions. If only you can make better ones in the course of your work and life.

Thanks to a recent podcast on Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers Insider featuring Dan Heath, co-author of Decisive, I uncovered a couple of secrets to making good decisions.
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Why Winners Wait

January 22nd, 2014   •   no comments   

Why Winners Wait

Courtesy of Healthland.Time

Have you heard of the “marshmallow test” for kids?

First conducted by American psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, the experiment involved putting four-year olds in a room with a marshmallow on a plate, and testing how long they could endure before popping that sweet morsel into their mouths.
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Mothernist – Helping Mothers Cope with Modern Living

January 1st, 2014   •   1 comment   

Life in a modern city can be hectic and stressful. Especially if you’re a working mother trying to balance multiple roles – career/business, caregiver, mother, wife, and friend.

The tremendous strain of continually juggling numerous balls may also result in the deterioration of one’s mental, spiritual and emotional health.

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How Children Succeed: Book Review

November 17th, 2013   •   2 comments   

How children succeed book

What is the secret to a child’s long-term success? Why do some kids do so well while others falter along the wayside as they journey through life?

The answers to these and more are found in Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed
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Buyology – Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

September 11th, 2013   •   3 comments   

Buyology - Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

Imagine that you are a smoker. You pick up a pack of cigarettes.

On the front of the pack are gory images – a hemorrhaged brain, blackened lungs, deformed baby, ugly cancerous growth – coupled with stern admonitions like “SMOKING KILLS”.

How would you react to these gruesome warnings?
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The Art of Thinking Clearly: Book Review

July 24th, 2013   •   no comments   

The Art of Thinking Clearly Rolf Dobelli

This man wants you to think more clearly (courtesy of Wikimedia)

You’ve heard the saying “to err is human and forgive divine”.

What you may not know, however, is that us Homo sapiens have been hardwired over the millenia to be illogical, distorted in our perception of reality, and inaccurate in our judgements.

In other words, to err repeatedly is human.
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Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: Book Review

April 15th, 2013   •   no comments   

What are entrepreneurs and business builders made of? Who should you bring to your team at different stages of growth, and why?

The answers, according to venture capitalists and business leaders Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh, are contained their book Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (HSGL). Tackling the human aspect of entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the book surmised that each of us are biased towards one of four traits – namely heart, smarts, guts, or luck – in our decision-making processes.
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How Pleasure Works – Book Review

January 25th, 2013   •   no comments   

Why does pain sometimes feel like pleasure? Why do we enjoy music and art even though there aren’t any adaptive advantages? When does “one man’s meat” become “another man’s poison”?

The answers to these human behavioural puzzles (and more) can be found in How Pleasure Works. Written by Yale’s evolutionary psychologist Paul Bloom, the book uncovers the “new science of why we like what we like”. By delving into the fields of anthropology, evolution, history, biology and psychology, the book investigates why we humans are so different compared to our fellow earthlings. 
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Can we attract Millennials to tourism jobs?

October 17th, 2012   •   no comments   

youths Millennials
Can we attract these youths to tourism and hospitality jobs? (courtesy of Singapore International Foundation)

Hilton, we’ve got a problem.

On one hand, the travel and hospitality industry is desperately in need of workers. Labour-intensive and high-touch, tourism sector jobs in hotels, retail outlets, visitor attractions, F&B, and transport are always available.

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Hedonic Arbitrage – A Formula for Happiness

October 13th, 2012   •   no comments   

Hedonic Arbitrage
Courtesy of AsiaPacFinance.com

One of the great life lessons I’ve learned from a former boss is the principle of Hedonic Arbitrage.

Hedonic what? Well, let us begin with some definitions.
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