This week’s must reads: Mind May Trump DNA in Exercise and Eating Habits

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

Accountability Partners Are Great. But “Success” Partners Will Change Your Life (Benjamin Hardy) Rather than simply having someone who holds you accountable, you want a “success” partner who is heavily motivated themselves.

Companies will perform better if employees are not cowed into silence(Economist) For fear of appearing insubordinate or foolish and thus possibly at risk of losing their jobs, many workers keep silent when seeing their bosses headed in the wrong direction.

Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child, Author Says (NPR)Rather than limiting screens, parents need to teach children how to make the kind of transition or adaption to interact ethically in the digital world.

Beyond Social Networks: How Cultural Beliefs Really Spread (Stanford Business) The propagation of beliefs and behaviors is influenced as much by the meanings we ascribe to them as by our social circles..

Mind May Trump DNA in Exercise and Eating Habits (New York Times)
If you tell people they have a genetic predisposition to a low capacity for exercise or a tendency to overeat, their bodies start to respond accordingly.

Living in the moment? Good — but don’t forget the past or future (The Guardian) While living in the moment is an excellent thing, a narrow temporal bandwidth blinds us to big historical changes that tend to happen gradually and then suddenly.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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