The psychology behind why we’re so bad at keeping New Year’s resolutions

Jerry Kiesewetter / Unsplash About 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions for longer than six weeks. Most resolutions involve trying to be healthier in some way. Psychological reasons we don’t succeed include overthinking how arduous our resolutions will be, and leaving ourselves mental get-out clauses. It’s a new year, and […]

The psychology of Soylent and the prison of first-world food choices

(credit: Aurich Lawson / Lee Hutchinson / Thinkstock) Back around Labor Day 2013, Senior Editor Lee Hutchinson passed on the various grilled and barbecue delights of a holiday weekend. Instead, he spent seven days testing a peculiar new nutritional meal substitute—Soylent. The product has only grown in notoriety and evolved in its composition since. This […]

8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

poptech2006/flickr TED talks on psychology rank as some of the most-watched and highest-rated of all-time, most likely because people are endlessly fascinated with themselves. Some of the talks deal with happiness and success, and others with memory and motivation. But all of them provide an important window into what makes us tick. Here are a […]

Sacred Fire is an RPG where combat is dictated by emotions and psychology, rather than weapons, atta

Sacred Fire is an RPG where combat is dictated by emotions and psychology, rather than weapons, attacks, or damage types. Anger might make you strong, but it’ll leave you open to a punishing riposte. Fear can turn enemies into a shell of their normal selves, but it can leave you quaking too. The game is […]