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The Science of Motivation

The Science of Motivation

How do we balance visualization with taking action? Learn about the new science of motivation with expert Gabriele Oettingen.

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How is motivation created?
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How is positive thinking detrimental to maintaining motivation?
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You found that blind optimism doesn't motivate people. Is defensive pessimism a good cognitive strategy for achieving goals?
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Are there any benefits to positive thinking? Are there situations where it does help people achieve their goals?
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In the end, isn't motivation and achievement more about trait conscientiousness rather than techniques and strategies?
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What advice would you give for overcoming procrastination?
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What are the most common internal barriers to achieving goals?
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Who are the people who have high levels of self-regulation? How did they get this way?
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Is your work good news for realists and pessimists?
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What is mental contrasting?
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Are unmotivated people simply lazy?
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What is it that blocks people from executing a future plan they have already come up with?
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Should we then get rid of positive daydreams and fantasies and only focus on the negative then?
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How would WOOP be learned by someone who struggles with self-regulation and has low motivation?
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If Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions is naturally used by those with good self-regulation, isn't that because they are already likely to have good motivation?
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