Eric Barker

Eric Barker

Eric Barker

Eric Barker is the author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong.” He is also the author of the website by the same name.

Articles by Eric Barker


This is the best time to do anything: 4 powerful secrets from research

Dan Pink's new book "When" provides scientifically-based insights on the best and worst use of our time, for maximum productivity.


How to be persuasive: 7 secrets from hostage negotiation

Think you know what really influences people? Maybe you’ve read some stuff on the subject before? Well, you’re probably making a lot of mistakes. Here are the most counterintuitive — and effective — techniques you’ve never heard about.


10 ways to turn yourself into a productivity dynamo

You’re only productive at work three days out of the week. How can you improve that? Here are 10 easy ways that could change your life.


The easy way to save money: 6 powerful secrets from research

Research shows how your brain relates to money and can teach you how to make smarter choices. This way you can keep your millions.


How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Understand what’s really driving your behavior and you can really fix your life. Three secrets from neuroscience can help.


How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think. Here are six research-backed conversation hacks that will get things off on the right foot.


4 things that will make you more motivated, happy, and creative at work

Nothing is more motivating than progress in meaningful work and nothing more taxing than setbacks. Here's how to do it better.

New Year

9 steps to New Year’s resolutions that last longer than New Year’s Day

Eighty-eight percent of people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Here's how to be one of the few people who keep them and make them stick.


Top 6 secrets to making emotionally intelligent friendships

How do you increase emotional intimacy and build emotionally intelligent friendships? It comes down to six steps. Let’s get to it.


This is how to be productive without being miserable: 8 proven secrets

You can be more productive without turning into a robot. Here are the 8 secrets to get you there.


Stoicism reveals 4 rituals that will make you confident

So when you’re feeling not-so-large-and-in-charge and need a boost, here's how to use the modern version of ancient Stoicism to manufacture more mojo.


Here’s how to use mindfulness to make better decisions

Psychologists took mindfulness and science-tized it and called it Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT for short. Here's how it can help you.


These are the 8 friends you need to be happy in life

These are the 8 friends you need to be happy in life.


How to be successful: 6 new shortcuts backed by research

The secret to succeeding faster isn’t working more, it’s working different.


This is the fun way to a meaningful life: 3 secrets backed by research

Groups will keep you alive longer and make you happy. Here's how to build the best ones for your future success.


This is how to recover from tragedy: 4 secrets from research

The top 4 secrets to recovering from tragedy.


How to be resilient: 8 steps to success when life gets hard

How can we be more resilient? Whether it’s dealing with unemployment, a difficult job, or personal tragedies, here are insights that can help.


Research reveals: How to create happy memories that will last a lifetime

Latest research on how to create memories for a happier life.


Productivity ninja: 5 powerful tips for getting more stuff done

Become a productivity ninja in five easy steps.


How to make your life better by sending five simple emails

How to make your life better in five simple emails.


How to make your kids smarter in 10 scientific steps

From peers, to music lessons, to treats here are the top 10 scientifically proven ways to raise smarter kids.


How to achieve work-life balance in 5 steps

Achieving work-life balance can look impossible. And, frankly, it seems like it’s getting harder. Here's how to do it right.


How to win with a narcissist: 5 secrets backed by research

What’s the best way to handle impossible people? Here's how to deal with a narcissist when saying sprinting away Road-Runner-style isn’t an option.


Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you an awesome parent

This is what science says about what’s going on in kids’ brains and what they need from you as a parent as they grow up.


Research report: 5 powerful rituals that will make you resilient

Every now and then, life punches below the belt. How can you be resilient when times get tough and you feel bad? Here's the answer.