Category Psychology

Sounds Good On Paper – Roger Horberry

How many emails, presentations or documents have you endured that have too many words, too little meaning and are too easy to ignore? My bet is too many. (I think I may have used an anaphora there.)

Roger’s book demonstrates how to use figures of speech to add a bit of emotional sparkle to what-ever you’re [...]

Predictably Irrational. The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely

Economics is generally viewed from the rational point of view. The assumption is that when faced with decisions, people are capable of thinking about the value of the different options they face before they act. It argues that our rationality steps in for important decisions and this is what makes markets effective at finding value.

“Somehow, [...]

The Element. How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson

The Element as described here is the meeting point between natural aptitude and personal passion. A kind of creative epiphany where doing what you truly love rubs sticks with what you have a natural ability to do.

It argues that when someone hits this point, they are connecting with something fundamental to their sense of purpose [...]

Chief Culture Officer – Grant McCracken

The majority of large corporations are run by board members who are either from accountancy, economic and/or engineering backgrounds. Therefore western businesses like making “rational” decisions based on logic; understanding problems by analysing numbers, and generally using the attributes associated with the left hand side of the brain. These organisations are also sceptical about things [...]

Watching the English – Kate Fox

There’s a bit of a vogue at the moment for behavioural psychology in the advertising industry – which is no surprise, it’s a good thing. This book has been around for a while, but stands as brilliant insight into cultural anthropology.

Anyone who works in a field that needs to get under the skin of people [...]