Ego-Depletion: 4 Effective Methods for Restoring Ego Strength

As the previous post showed, ego-depletion can have unfortunate effects on our judgment and decision-making. This post discusses some basic methods for conserving and restoring ego strength. Research so far hasn’t revealed any magic...

What Is Ego-Depletion

Ego-depletion stands for a simple idea that self-control is a limited resource, meaning that if you exercise your self-control on certain activities, you will deplete it and thus won’t be able to use for...

How to Reduce Self-Serving Bias

Self-serving bias can be a powerful roadblock to flexible and adaptive thinking. It usually leads us to selectively process information and focus on favorable aspects of a problem, and as a result, we usually overestimate...

How Reactive Devaluation Distorts Our Judgment

Who puts forward an idea or proposal can have a significant effect on our judgment and decision-making. This is especially likely when we are dealing with competitive or antagonistic groups because people tend to...

The Fallacy of Centralized Direction

The fallacy of centralized direction explains why we often overestimate how well we can predict future actions of others. This fallacy suggests that when we evaluate actions or policies of others we often see...

How Group Conformity Hurts Creative Ideation and How To Reduce It

Group Conformity in a Nutshell: Group conformity is often the major obstacle to effective group creativity and problem solving. Conformity can be reduced or even eliminated if its underlying reasons are addressed. Asch’ Conformity Experiments In...

Myopic Misery: How Sadness Impairs Decision-making

Myopic Misery in a Nutshell: Sadness and impatience leads to myopic misery, a tendency to seek immediate gains even if that means suffering long-term losses. Our moods can strongly influence our thinking, including creativity, problem...