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Block Unwanted Thoughts For Good – Research Shows How

Block Unwanted Thoughts For Good – Research Shows How

Have you ever wanted to stop thinking about something but found you just couldn’t get that thought out of your head?  Well you are not alone. In many studies in which people were asked to NOT think about something like a white bear for a period of time, later their thoughts about white bears would multiply. This phenomenon is called Post Suppressional Rebound.  And the most prevalent theory to explain it is called “ironic processing theory.”  According to this theory…

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How Being Bad Can Raise Your Will Power

How Being Bad Can Raise Your Will Power

Could imagining yourself doing bad or good increase your will power? Psychologists have been aware for decades of a phenomenon known as “priming.”  In which thinking about a concept can cause you to behave in ways aligned with that concept. For example, in one study having college students complete crossword puzzles that had words such as “old” in it caused them to behave in ways more stereotypically associated with old people.  As a result, they walked down a hallway much…

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How To Increase Your Will Power In 60 Seconds

How To Increase Your Will Power In 60 Seconds

Do you know of someone who has great will power?  Do you ever wish you could borrow some of their self-control when you need to resist a tempting cookie or to get yourself to the gym. Well, recent research suggests that actually thinking about that person can give you some of their self control. Michelle vanDellen of the University of Georgia did several experiments that show that just thinking about a person with great will power can increase your own….

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How Being Negative Can Get You To The Gym

How Being Negative Can Get You To The Gym

Most self-help gurus will tell you that if you want to motivate yourself to do something focus on all the benefits you’ll gain from taking action.  However, if you’re procrastinating current research suggests that a very different approach may be even more helpful.  A specific kind of negative thinking and feeling may be much more motivating than a positive feeling. Researchers assembled 229 people with gym memberships and asked half of them to think about how much they might regret…

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How A Sexy Poster Can Increase Your Will Power

How A Sexy Poster Can Increase Your Will Power

There’s a whole area of study in psychology called priming.  It’s the study of how things that are often outside our awareness can influence our behavior without our knowing it. Well, in one study of priming researchers wanted to know if just seeing the right kind of image could cause participants to think of dieting and be more resistant to “unhealthy” food items. So they got together 4 groups of women but I’ll only discuss the two groups that mattered. …

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How To Increase Persistence In 60 Seconds

How To Increase Persistence In 60 Seconds

Would you like to know how to increase your persistence in just a few seconds? Research done by Ronald Friedman and Andrew Elliot at the University of Rochester shows how. They asked two groups of people to solve an unsolvable anagram.  One group was asked to place their hands on their thighs.  The other group was asked to cross their arms. The ‘hands on thighs’ group spent only 30 seconds on the anagram.  The ‘arms crossed’ group spent 55 seconds…

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Improve Will Power In 30 Seconds With Scientifically Proven Method

Improve Will Power In 30 Seconds With Scientifically Proven Method

Would you like to know how you can boost your will power so you can resist temptation and do the “right” thing in just a few seconds? It turns out that research into a concept called mental construal has the answer. Construal level theory suggests that people have more will power when thinking abstractly and less will power when thinking concretely. In one study for example, participants were put into two groups.  One group was asked to ponder why we…

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