The Psychology of Optimism

It helps if leaders and decision makers are optimists. Optimists are charismatic people. This gives the team and others who depend upon them a lot of confidence.Humans detect threat and build trust more through feeling than logic. If a leader gives the impression of knowing what he is doing,…

The Ostrich Effect: Ignoring Bad News Doesn’t Make Them Go Away

A friend of mine — let’s call him Rajesh  — is slightly overweight. Rajesh has been exercising daily for the past 5 years. He hits the gym regularly. He goes for his morning run daily. He believes he eats healthy as well.According to Rajesh, he’s getting healthy slowly. It’…

Contrast Effect: Why You Should Hang Out More With Your Ugly Friends

Recently my girlfriend finished reading the Harry Potter series. She read the books back to back, page after page, one after other.Immediately after finishing the last book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,) she picked up Six of Crows. But she some how found this book a bit hard…

Authority Bias: Too Much Obedience Makes You Do Stupid Things

In their book Medication Errors: Causes and Prevention, professors Michael Cohen and Neil Davis talk about a strange case of the “rectal earache”.A physician ordered ear drops to be administered to the right ear of a patient suffering from pain and infection. Instead of writing out completely “Right ear”…