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Three Words for the New Year

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At the beginning of each New Year my step-daughter, Lisa, encourages us to proclaim three words that represent our aspirations for the upcoming year. The catch is that the words need to be alliterative—they all need to begin with the same letter. For example, my past trios included: Compassion, Courage, and Curiosity Purpose, Passion, and Pluralism Gratitude, Graciousness, and Generosity Keeping with the theme of trios, here are three reasons I encourage you to embrace this seemingly  »  Read More

What if Terrorists Understood the True Nature of Motivation? Part 2

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We know human beings (that includes terrorists) want to thrive. We know how to promote thriving through the satisfaction of three basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence (ARC). Why aren’t we doing it? Imagine if we took a portion of the billions of dollars spent worldwide to wage war and begin a visionary journey to peace in two ways: Help societies satisfy the psychological needs of their population Teach motivation as a skill Help societies satisfy the  »  Read More

What if Terrorists Understood the True Nature of Motivation? Part 1

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Some might argue that terrorist groups, specifically ISIL, know all too well how to tap the true nature of human motivation. I argue the opposite. This post explores the truth about human motivation that explains why such extremist groups have emerged. The next blog explains why the science of motivation could also offer an antidote for the escalating ideological warfare. It is obvious to most of the world that terrorists are acting out as a way to alleviate their own suffering. They long for  »  Read More

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