Social Relationships

Read Montague – What We’re Learning from 5,000 Brains

Roselinde Torres – What it Takes to Be A Great Leader

Seven Rules to Keeping and Maintaining Business Relationships. Business is about more than just transactions. It’s about personal bonds and intimate connections. If you commit to strengthening those bonds and connections you will benefit immeasurably.

How Employees’ Relationships and Effective Work Life Balance Impact Engagement At Work. Article on how to balance one’s relationships and work life.

I Have a Best Friend at Work. This article features a survey by Gallup that brings significance to the importance of having personal relationships in the workplace.

Humans of New York  Website featuring a photography project that profiles people from all walks of life in New York City.

Five Ways to Build Social Skills. A short article from PickTheBrain, a website dedicated to self improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self education.

 Skills You Need: Social Skills. Our ability to adapt to our social environment may be more important to our future success than anything we learn in academics.  The more connected we become as a species the more important our ability to socially adapt will become. In order to be independent we must be able to navigate through a variety of social situations. Here are some tips.

Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and “arousing in the other person an eager want.” You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment. (Description from

Cabane, Olivia Fox. The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism. What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people’s level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you’ll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You’ll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment. The Charisma Myth is a mix of fun stories, sound science, and practical tools. Cabane takes a hard scientific approach to a heretofore mystical topic, covering what charisma actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are, and how to handle them. (Description from