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How to Organize Your Information for Better Decision-Making
Do you look at your options one by one, or all at once?
Some Good News for People Who Have a Hard Time Making Decisions
In some cases, contrary to popular belief, agonizing over your options now may leave you better off down the road.
To Make Better Decisions, Rely on Your Imagination More Than Your Willpower
Picture your life as a chain reaction of related events.
Here’s a Strategy to Help Kids Make Fewer Dumb Decisions
You can use it on yourself, too.
To Become a Better Problem-Solver, Try Thinking Like a Toddler
Young kids’ habit of asking “why” on endless loop can be helpful for grown-up problems, too.
note to self
Sometimes ‘Introspection’ Is You Just Making Stuff Up
you’re thinking and feeling. Knowing
is another matter entirely.
A Strategy for Making Decisions You Won’t Regret
Learn how to commit.
And Now, a Brief Quiz: Find Out If You’re a ‘Cognitive Miser’
It’s about how you make decisions.
Jessica Alba Can’t Decide Whether or Not She Works Out
Is she relatable or mythical?
Blame Your Sloppy Decisions on the Time of Day
You’ll be neater in the morning.
Powerful People Think Differently About Their Thoughts
And it leads to indecision.
Judges Give Harsher Sentences When Their Football Team Loses
And it’s worse for black defendants.
New York’s Top Venture Capitalist Nailed a Research-Backed Secret of Success
“Probabilistic” thinking feels weird, but it’s super important.
The Key to Accurately Predicting the Future: Know When to Change Your Mind
It gets harder the more you know about a subject.
How Only Being Able to Use Logic to Make Decisions Destroyed a Man’s Life
“To obtain the best results, emotions must be kept out.”
Study on Decision-Making Gives You a Great Excuse to Be Bossy
We’re better at making choices for other people than we are for ourselves.
People Get Suspicious When the Uber Surge Price Is a Round Number
A super-specific price like 1.9 times the normal rate – that, we feel like can trust. But 2.0x? Sounds made up.
Here Is a Good Reason to Avoid Speaking to Humans When Ordering Food
U.S. Treasury: It’s Too Hard to Choose a Woman for the $10 Bill
There are just
many woman to decide.
Are We Overtreating Stage 0 Breast Cancer?
A new study suggests that aggressively fighting it doesn’t improve survival rates for most women.
‘Good Enough’ Is a Smarter Decision Strategy
Some helpful advice from Gretchen Rubin’s new podcast.
To Make Better Decisions, Pretend You’re Deciding for Someone Else
You are not super great at giving yourself advice, it turns out.
Magician-Scientist Kind of Reveals Card-Trick Secret
He’s studying decision-making … and magic.
4 Steps to Making an Overwhelming Decision Easy
Treat it like a tournament.
Put the Boring Things in Life on Autopilot
Routine can free up your brainpower for the more exciting stuff.
Too Much ‘Happy Talk’ at Work Can Lead to Bad Decisions
Be the skeptical jerk when you need to be.
Humanities Majors Are Loafers, Says Judge-y New Study
Engineers-in-training? Not so much.
Make Your Important Decisions on an Empty Stomach
Literally tapping into your gut feelings.
Why You Should Let Your Friends Order Your Food
Delegate (some) decisions for a happier life.
Awareness Is Overrated
It feels really good to raise awareness — it just doesn’t accomplish all that much.
How You Selectively Misremember What You Ate
Our brains just really love unhealthy food.
What a Woman’s Choice Means to the Supreme Court and Social Conservatives
For women, sex is apparently just an option — an inessential luxury.
Want to Make Better Choices? Contrive a ‘Fresh Start’ Out of Thin Air
There may be some actual wisdom to “the diet starts tomorrow.”
5 Expert-Approved Ways to Make Smarter Decisions
One of them involves (mental) time travel.
Egg Freezing and the Empowerment Paradox
The message of expensive fertility fixes? You’re in control, so
to blame if things don’t work out
Moving for Love: The Modern Relationship Milestone
Of all the big life choices that come before kids, it’s the one that crops up most frequently with the least historical precedent.
Kim Kardashian Will Take Kanye’s Name
Please call her Kim Kardashian West.