9 Sources of Influence in Your Life

The world is constantly moving. Data is swirling around in all directions. And at times, you may feel like you're at the center of it all. So many things can influence you, such as a familiar sweet smell as you drive through your old neighborhood, a picture hanging on the wall in your dentist's office, or even just a color on a billboard. Here is a snapshot of nine sources of influence that are affecting you every day. These sources are at the heart of your day-to-day choices, and have a … [Read more...]

It’s Easy to Influence Our Decisions

This TED video, presented by Dan Ariely, shows startling examples of how our decisions can be influenced by flaws in our perception and thinking processes. Dan calls this cognitive illusion. This is one fact that I feel needs to be considered constantly in our own lives. People scratch their heads wondering why a woman would leave her abusive boyfriend only to return to him a week later. Or we talk to smokers who say they actually hate smoking but they can't quit. There are so many things we see … [Read more...]