Why We Value Our Phones: The Human Impulse for Social Connection

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Humans, Our Devices, and Our Distant Past How do you feel when you realize you’ve forgotten your phone? Anxious? On edge? It’s a state of mind that interests Dr. Katharine J. Nelson, a board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. She’s worked with people who, when their phones […]

Capturing Productivity Flow: Secrets from Three Senior Engineers

Some days, we accomplish very little at work. Some days, we accomplish a lot. On our productive days, we are likely experiencing what Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi called flow—a juicy, somewhat mysterious, highly focused mental state wherein we are completely absorbed in and effectively completing a task. Can flow be invoked? What can we do […]