Books to help you answer big questions about yourself


Why in the world did I do that? How can I do better? Chances are you’ve asked yourself these questions at least once today. To understand how your mind works and how you can improve your decision-making, explore these six psychology and behavioral economics books, each one recommended by a TED Talks speaker.

Why did I do that?

“Edward L. Deci is a legend in the study of motivation, and the 1996 book Why We Do What We Do offers a nice early introduction to his work.” — business writer Dan Pink (TED Talk: The puzzle of motivation). See more of Dan Pink’s favorite books.

What should I do to be happier?

“In his book, Give and Take, Wharton professor Adam M Grant shows how giving at work can lead to greater happiness and success.” — positive psychologist advocate Shawn Achor (TED Talk: The happy secret to…

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