Subtract Your Way to Success

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When we tackle challenging problems, we use mental shortcuts to speed up our decision-making process. But shortcuts come with risks: They can make us miss perfect solutions that lie along other routes.

One common mental shortcut may be blinding us to 50% of the possible solutions we could find in the world. When we face a problem, our initial instinct is to think about what we can add to the scenario in order to…

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

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Neuroscientist writing about brains, behavior, & health. Sign up for my free newsletter on the science of well-being: erman.substack.com

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