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Having Another, the Maladaptive Habit of Near-Missing

Charles Duhigg talks about it in his new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business. Pop-psychologist-writer Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine, co-editor of Wired magazine, talks about it. Act Three of one most recent This American Life episode about stories from casinos, called “Blackjack,” hits on it, […]

Another Week Ends: Inner Machiavellians, Lutheran Insults, Whisky Priests, Monkees, Mets, Parenthood, Veep, Viola Davis and Frankenweenie

1. I’ll admit it: I’ve been trying to lay off the David Brooks, at least in the Weekend columns. As insightful as he frequently is, there are plenty of fish in the digital sea, are there not? Well, to paraphrase a Pacino, every time I think I’m out, he pulls me back in. That is […]

Targeted Shopping Habits and Preemptive Diaper Ads

Yikes! The NY Times ran a lengthy piece by Charles Duhigg this past weekend about absurdly precise, borderline Big Brother market research techniques that companies like Target (pun sort of intended…sigh) are pioneering to capture our dollars. The article doubles as an overview of recent breakthroughs in the study of habit formation, and it’s disconcerting […]