Category Archives: human behaviour

Pick a herd that helps you change yourself

Herds. They don’t just describe cattle, they also describe us. Herd mentality, herd behaviour – these phrases exist because they are accurate observations of what we do, following what others are saying and doing, moving along with whatever is the … Continue reading

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The social nature of behaviour change

Is behaviour change individual or social? A lot of stuff I hear about forming new habits is solo stuff: making your resolution, writing it down, creating a routine, monitoring the progress, realising success. It’s all just you. If it’s about … Continue reading

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A thousand tiny choices

Grit. The best four-letter word. Grit is mental toughness, it is what makes success. It’s not talent – not your naturally endowed intelligence nor or an innate physical strength – that decides if you will rise to the top. Instead, … Continue reading

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First Citizens

It seems this is prize-awarding season. The latest is the slew of awards given out by the Nobel Committee for the leading contributors in different disciplines. I recently wrote about Richard Thaler receiving the Nobel Prize for Economics for his … Continue reading

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Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize for Economics 2017! (and why you should care)

Why do you eat junk food even though you know it’s bad for you? Why don’t you save money even though it will set you up for a great retirement? Why do you buy the more expensive wine even though … Continue reading

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The boring delight of discipline

Yesterday, I wrote about how the secret sauce to success is discipline, not motivation. It’s a surprising insight. After all, we’re schooled to believe that you have to have a crazed fit of inspiration to achieve outstanding, jaw-dropping outcomes. This … Continue reading

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Rude, the new normal

Every day, I look around, astonished, at the amplitude of rudeness around me. An auto rickshaw comes towards me, at me, on the wrong side of the road, and stares sullenly, audaciously. Voices rise at dissenting views, affronted by the … Continue reading

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