/Psychology

Review: Your Creative Brain

There’s no question that I want to go to Harvard. Even at my age. If nothing more than to take Shelley Carson’s course, Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students. This is a woman who loves to teach. And is a Rockstar at it. That much I know is true after reading her instructive and interactive book, Your Creative Brain. There are dozens of books on creativity. Most focused on demystifying

2018-03-15T22:55:37+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Your Creative Brain

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

There’s a lot of meaty goodness to Creativity, and some sleepy time too, but overall it’s insightful and instructional. The backbone of Creativity is interviews with 91 exceptional individuals by Csikszentmihalyi and his students at the University of Chicago. Their primary goal? To demystify the creative process. But before we delve into the guts of the book, let’s start with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions: 1. Creativity is defined as “a process by

2018-02-12T12:07:43+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek sees a better vision for the world and work, shares his Technicolor vision with us, and inspires us to join him on his journey that will unquestionably benefit us all. It’s hard not to like him and respond (intellectually and emotionally) to his unbridled optimism. Because of his TED Talk fame, his voice and delivery are as iconic as his words—swift, articulate, impassioned. I don’t “read” Sinek’s books,

2018-01-22T12:30:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Psychology|Comments Off on Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think. Organizational expert Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, marry organizational behavior, social psychology, and behavioral economics to help us understand the irrational thinking that plagues us all. Sway is a delightful, easy read. The authors make their point through the heavy use of research,

2017-11-18T20:14:27+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Book Review, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

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
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