Sparring Mind

Behavioral Psychology Blog

A Fresh Take on Creative Work
and Human Behavior

Hello, I’m Gregory Ciotti.


Greek philosopher Epicurus once said:

I write this not for the many, but for you; each of us is enough of an audience for the other.

Although the essays on this site now reach tens of thousands of subscribers, I’ve always tried to keep this principle in mind–to have each work give meaning to just one person.

If you enjoy seeing well-established research applied to practical lessons on creative work and human behavior, you’re in the right place.

Let’s ditch the positive psychology drudge, and instead favor honest looks at being a little bit better than you were yesterday.

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More about me? I studied developmental psych and neuroscience in college, I currently work for a software company, I talk with my hands, I have a loving Italian & Irish family, and I’m a fan of mediocre wine.

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