What Can Psychopaths Teach Us About Success?

When we think of “psychopaths” our minds usually jump to serial killers, terrorists, and pathological manipulators. However, according to The Wisdom of Psychopaths, this only describes a small part of the picture. Today, psychologists are beginning to see “psychopathy” as … Continue reading

The Rational Man’s Guide to Taking Smart Risks

As I mentioned in how to act with uncertainty, every action comes with some amount of risk because we never know for sure how the future is going to work out. In general, the more information you have, the smaller … Continue reading

Undeserved Self-Praise Can Lead to Depression

According to a recent study published in Emotion, students who evaluated their performance on an exam as higher than it actually was – a form of undeserved self-praise – later felt dejected and depressed. According to Chi-Yue Chiu, of Nanyang … Continue reading

Positive Thrill-Seeking

According to a recent study that came out of the University of Bergen, skydivers are just as prone to thrill-seeking and impulsivity as compulsive gamblers. Both make similar use of the brain’s reward system, leading to increases in dopamine. But … Continue reading