Ad Hoc Sorts
The end of 2010 fast approaches, and I'm thrilled to have been asked by the editors of Psychology Today to write about the Top 10 psychology studies of the year. I've focused on studies that I personally feel stand out, not only as examples of great science, but even more importantly, as examples of how the science of psychology can improve our lives. Each study has a clear "take home" message, offering the reader an insight or a simple strategy they can use to reach their goals , strengthen their relationships, make better decisions, or become happier. If you extract the wisdom from these ten studies and apply them in your own life, 2011 just might be a very good year.
In late-2008, I was lucky enough to discover a book called, The Introvert Advantage (How To Thrive in an Extrovert World), by Marti Laney, Psy.D. It felt like someone had written an encyclopedia entry on a rare race of people to which I belong. Not only had it explained many of my eccentricities, it helped me to redefine my entire life in a new and productive context.
Reading Body Language
compiled by Heather Kenyon W hat do casting and voice-over directors look for? How do they choose who they choose? We asked several directors, producers and casting directors for some "do's" and "don'ts" to help you set yourself aside from the pack and capture that coveted first gig. Good luck!
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-60625" title="strauss-kahn" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2011/05/strauss-kahn.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="443" /> The news abounds with stories of powerful men behaving badly. It’s a depressing yet predictable spectacle — those in positions of power can’t help but help themselves to the help.
October 11, 2007 I thought Ligaya Turmelle's post on SQL joins was a great primer for novice developers. Since SQL joins appear to be set-based, the use of Venn diagrams to explain them seems, at first blush, to be a natural fit. However, like the commenters to her post, I found that the Venn diagrams didn't quite match the SQL join syntax reality in my testing.
Let's face it, the boss you hate, who is Machiavellian, angry and leads through fear is just hitting their stride with a slacking economy, a rise in unemployment, and fear over continued employment, this is just going to be not an employee's time. It is commonly known that the best people, the ones that that the company cannot afford to lose are the first ones who flee a company that is having problems. What is generally left behind are folks who feel like they must stay for whatever reason, economic, positional, fear, or comfort. That means the boss who is already on edge is busy trying to get more out of people, and even good bosses might be tempted to revert to power and control tactics trying to keep the department afloat that has lost the ones who used to carry the department.
I was surprised to learn that my How To Ask For A Raise In 3 Steps article attracts many new visitors to my website. The reason I’m surprised about it is because this early article of mine has received zero comments since it was published almost one year ago. In other words, the lack of responses caused me to think this article was unpopular. In reality, however, people were constantly discovering this article via Google searches: “how to ask for a raise letter” — “letter asking for a raise” — “asking for a raise letter” — etc. In my “3 Steps” article, I did not provide a template for the letter I was encouraging my visitors to write. For this, I apologize — because it’s clear that’s what you were looking for.
Deciding what to major in or whether to get a graduate degree? This new report from Georgetown University may help. The report demonstrates the strong link between college majors and lifetime earnings, and also shows the earnings boost for graduate degrees by major. A college degree in general boosts your lifetime earnings by 84%, the study says, but a closer look at 171 majors shows that there can be a difference of about 300% between the highest-paying majors and the lowest-paying ones. There's a ton of information in the Economic Value of College Majors report, some of it very obvious to common sense or what we know about the relationship between career choice and salary. For example, the engineering major tops the list for median wages, as well as salary at the 25th and 75th percentiles.