What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

When we are looking for a partner, what do we think is more important: their outer or inner beauty? All of us, given the choice, would rather our prospective partner were attractive. However, there are some people whose character predisposes them to prefer someone who is stunningly good-looking, even though their beauty masks an inner emptiness. This has been proven by scientific research, which has uncovered an interesting aspect of how we behave: our level …

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How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of timeWhat percentage of the meetings that you go to is a waste of time? When I ask this question in workshops, the answer is usually that 50% of meetings are completely unnecessary. (This is the normal answer- obviously, not all companies are the same.) However, when I ask people who work in multinationals or big corporations, the figure can be as high as 80%. That’s a pretty …

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Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

How many smokers do you know who’ve given up because of the images of damaged lungs, impotence, etc. on cigarette packets? Personally, I don’t know any. Moreover, I doubt that these ‘motivational’ campaigns achieve the desired result. If we want to know why, we should take a look at what science can tell us. In an experiment in the 1980s, Roberts showed smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers advertising campaigns in favour of and against smoking. With …

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Common myths about love and happiness

Common myths about love and happiness

If we compiled a list of all the things that we need to be happy, it’s possible that we would include being in a relationship, getting married or not splitting up if we’re already with someone. Psychologists have set about examining this question and have analyzed if our list of seemingly marvellous things would actually bring us the happiness that we’re looking for. Their findings are conclusive: it seems that many of the elements in …

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Why we prefer Fridays to Sundays

Why we prefer Fridays to Sundays

Imagine that you have the chance of being passionately kissed by your all-time favourite celebrity. How much would you be prepared to pay for the privilege, and when would you like it to happen? George Loewenstein, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, put precisely this question to his students. Regarding the time, he gave them several options: in the next three hours, in a day’s time, in three days’ time or in ten years’ time. …

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