Saturday Morning Rounds
What we're reading
You might be surprised to see us, who so often talk about Positive Psychology (and are coming off of a week during which we just attended a pos psych conference!) sharing a book about the downfalls of positive thinking.
But here's the thing - negative emotions and cognitions can be incredibly powerful tools to achieve positive results, and this book shares some of the most ground-breaking research into behavior change that we've ever seen. Here's a quick video overview of the central idea:
Essentially, when we rely upon positive thinking alone it:
However, when we contrast positive thinking with negative visualization - thinking about what obstacles will stop you from achieving your goal and then making a plan for how you'll overcome them - the results are honestly astounding (AND they're context-independent AND they're stable over long time horizons - even for weight loss!!!):
And what's more - these types of results help for everything from explicit tasks like studying for a test or exercising to interpersonal ones like job-searching and negotiations or approaching one's crush or even increasing tolerance and social responsibility towards members of prejudiced groups.
Why does it work? The short answer is that it targets behavior instead of attitudes and beliefs - the latter being the focus of most psychological interventions. It literally programs you, in a sense, to do the right thing at the exact right time.
Their website is chock-full of research, tips for deploying the tool, and more.
Who we're following
Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD (@angeladuckw) is a researcher, author, teacher, Founder & CEO of The Character Lab (@TheCharacterLab) and all-around badass + great human being. As a researcher specifically she's been responsible for most of the research on WOOP in educational contexts. Her life's mission is to use science to help kids thrive, and in pursuit of that goal she's uncovered a number of truths about human nature and success that all of us can apply.
BBMD tip of the week
Use WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan)! Here are some tips:
Quote we're contemplating
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Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!