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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:37 am

Do you ever do the ostrich when you are presented with new information? Do you figuratively bury your head in the sand to avoid reading the article that challenges you to save for retirement or to exercise your way to better health?

I get it. You can almost feel the judgment leaping from the page. As you try to grasp the new information, you’re thinking, “Those paragons of virtue will never know what it is like to be a mere mortal.” Change is difficult, and even moreso when you are beating yourself up at the same time. It’s not uncommon to do this, however: In late October, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to behavioral economist Richard Thaler, whose lifetime research has acknowledged that most people make conscious decisions that are not in their own best interest.

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