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Choiceology

Choiceology with Katy Milkman

Can we learn to make smarter choices? Listen in as host Katy Milkman shares stories of irrational decision making—from historical blunders to the kinds of everyday errors that could affect your future. Choiceology, an original podcast from Charles Schwab, explores the lessons of behavioral economics, exposing the psychological traps that lead to expensive mistakes.

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Expecting the Unexpected: Is a Demographic Disaster Looming?
Expecting the Unexpected: Is a Demographic Disaster Looming?
Congress Scrambling to Avert Government Shutdown

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Giving: It’s one simple behavior that’s been shown to increase happiness.

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You’re an independent-minded person. You make choices for yourself based on the best information available. You own your decisions, right or wrong. Right?

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Why is it so tempting to make short-sighted decisions? And what we can do to exert more self-control?

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From ethical behavior to athletic competition, the disproportionate drive not to lose can lead to major mistakes. 

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Choiceology returns with a new season and a new host—Katy Milkman. Subscribe for free today to get the first episode of season 2 when it launches October 29.

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Whether expecting joy or despair, we tend to overestimate the long-term emotional impact of life events.

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Focusing on a single data point to the exclusion of other information: It’s a tried-and-true negotiating strategy, and it can quickly skew your judgment.

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News reports sometimes make it seem as if danger lurks around every corner. And while there’s no doubt that risk is a part of life, do we worry more than we should?

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In a world awash in data, you’d think it would be relatively easy to make informed, objective decisions. But not if you only see what you want to see.

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Imagine that you’ve put in effort toward a goal, but things haven’t quite worked out the way you hoped. How do you know when it’s time to let it go?

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It's not always about life-changing decisions—sometimes small changes can make a big impact. 

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We can’t all be above average. So why, in certain situations, do we think we’re so special?

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You’re not as rational as you think. In this new podcast, bestselling author Dan Heath performs forensic analysis on decision making. You’ll hear real stories, learn from top experts, and witness informal experiments that demonstrate the mistakes we too often make.

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