Review: Blessed are the Dead

Although I never read the book by Thomas Harris, I watched the movie Silence of the Lambs at least sixteen times, tugged by the mechanics of Hannibal Lecter’s mind and his unique bond with Agent Clarice Starling. There’s something alluring about madness—particularly the kind that shapes a serial killer responsible for the most horrendous murders. Blessed are the Dead also features a serial killer and a gutsy Italian reporter, Gabriella

2017-10-11T12:31:32+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Psychology, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Blessed are the Dead

Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

If your iPhone is more appealing than your first cup of coffee when your alarm goes off or if you’ve ever blown an entire evening on Pinterest, then you’ve experienced the phenomena detailed in this book: psychological marketing. Hooked is a guide for startup founders, product managers, marketers and designers for creating more of what we humans can’t seem to get enough of: habit-forming technology. Eyal takes us inside the

2017-07-21T23:25:15+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Book Review, Business, Consumer Behavior, Innovation, Marketing, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Review: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul My rating: 4 of 5 stars What I learned Losing a Million Dollars offers a fascinating look into the mindset, behaviors, and life of Jim Paul, a man of privilege who, early on in life, developed an appetite for little work and large gains—i.e., a fast buck. This ultimately led him to the financial markets. Success bred hubris and other

2017-07-08T20:18:05+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Investing, Money, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems by Brian Christian My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most of our decision-making happens unconsciously. Our autopilot mode works wonders a lot of the time. But sometimes not-so-much. Moving our brains from automatic mode to contemplative or "let's stop a moment and think about this" mode, can lead to better decisions and better outcomes.Algorithms to Live By

2017-07-08T19:49:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Computer Science, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a lifelong student of consumer and human behavior, I wasn't sure I'd get much out of this book. But because some of my favorite thinking minds raved about it, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Hit Makers is a hit. It reinforced what I

2017-07-08T19:45:00+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entertainment & Media, Nonfiction, Psychology, Social Science|Comments Off on Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a powerful book not just for caregivers of children with "disorders" but for those who spent their childhood feeling "different" or "stupid" or otherwise "not quite right" then went on to achieve lots later. There's also a larger message in here for everyone else to take away: "different" is

2017-07-08T19:31:12+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

Review: Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger My rating: 5 of 5 stars There's something disquieting about reading a book that shines a bright light on our motivations and behaviors--the ugly ones, the ones we don't really want to "own," the ones about how we are constantly shaped by the people around us, how we strive to increase our associations to others (groups) we find attractive,

2017-07-08T17:33:17+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior

Review: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book. Why? Because it validated my core beliefs, perspectives, and lifelong practices. I mean, who doesn't like to be affirmed, right? I'm the poster child for the "mind over matter" school. I'm not necessarily the author's target audience, however; I'm already a "believer." This book is for those

2017-07-08T17:25:35+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Health, Nonfiction, Psychology, Science|Comments Off on Review: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity

Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity by Sara E. Langworthy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is an important book that will build your insight into and empathy for our nation's most important asset: our children. The scientific research is clear: "neglect and abuse can have lifelong effects on individuals." And while you may think this is not your problem, it is--this is our problem. The

2017-07-08T17:20:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity

Review: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Big Idea behind this book is that there are “cons” and there are “suckers”—and that most of us (all of us, according to Konnikova) have the capacity to be duped. Anyone who has ever had a love interest or friend that turned out to be someone/something different

2017-07-08T11:48:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
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