Motivation Essential Reads

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.
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Five Tips and Skills to Manage Your Time That Actually Work

In today’s hectic, connected world it seems like we should be busy 24/7 just to keep up. Learn how to honor your goals and protect your time so you can achieve them.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescents, Parents, and the Power of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem not only defines a person, but that definition can influence perception and motivation to the good or not so good.

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on May 13, 2017 in Adaptation
The key to creativity is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing.

Developing Drive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
The best approach to increasing motivation depends on what’s suppressing it.

What Makes the Arrogant Person so Arrogant?

Arrogance is a trait that we associate with overconfidence and a tendency to be brash. An innovative study shows how power plus narcissism fuels the arrogant individual.
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Seeing the Bigger Picture Can Promote Self-Control

From a distant perspective one sees the forest, but from a proximal perspective one sees trees.

How Education Research Can Track Intrapersonal Changes

By APA Division 15 on April 25, 2017 in PsychEd
Education research should focus on situations and processes, not just on differences between groups of people. Intrapersonal research advocates personalized approaches to learning.

Three Reasons Why Most Motivational Speakers Are Dead Wrong

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Motivate!
Many authors and speakers tout "proven formulas" and share "motivational secrets," guaranteed to improve performance and personal growth, but do these methods help or harm?

What Motivates Us and Why

What methods work best to encourage people to strive for lofty goals?

Interdisciplinary Education and the Student Voice

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Interdisciplinary education and practice implies certain qualities. Students highlight the importance of four qualities: openness, creativity, bridging, and perspective-taking.

A Fool and His or Her Money, Psychologically Speaking

Three cognitive biases that can lead to unwise financial decisions.

Note to Self: It Is Easiest to Avoid Abstract Temptations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Which would you rather have, a dessert or a mouthwatering warm chocolate chip cookie?

Transform Failure, Disaster, and Rejection Into a Fortune!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Motivate!
Maybe of us underestimate the power and influence of life's darkest moments. When you learn these simple strategies you will never look at adversity like you have before.
By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1454431) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

7 Tips for Setting Achievable Goals

A successful self-control requires that one’s goal be kept firmly in focus, and reserve the most careful decision resources for the goals that matter most.

Will Success Make You Happy?

By Rob Henderson on April 10, 2017 in After Service
Are successful people always stressed? Not the happy ones.

Is It True That "Movement is Medicine?"

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2017 in Changepower
Too tired and achy to exercise? Evidence is piling up that exercise is just what you need to prevent certain health problems and reduce the risk or harmful impact of others.

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?
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Self-Deception Helps Us Accomplish Goals

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
More often than not, we lead with our goals and desires, not the facts. New research on how our ability to delude ourselves can be quite useful.
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

The Morality of Monetary Motivation

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Scientocracy
In a perfect world, we would not need to reward anyone for taking their kid to the doctor. In the imperfect world we live in, such rewards are far better than the alternative.
Thomas Ward

Walking Meetings? Proceed With Caution

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Creativity for You
The benefits of walking meetings have been widely discussed. But they're not always the right choice. Find out why.

The Marshmallow Myth

By Nick Tasler on March 09, 2017 in Strategic Thinking
New research suggests that delayed gratification is overrated.
By Annie Mole (Circle Line Party Festivities) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Do People Drink?

The motivational perspective predicts that people will be motivated to use addictive substances to the extent that they expect that doing so will result in desirable effects.

Why Money Matters for Meaning

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in More Than Mortal
New research reveals that economic insecurity threatens perceptions of meaning in life.

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

A Surprising Secret to Being Happier, Starting Today

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Happy Trails
Ask yourself this one question.

Inspirational Quotes from the 45 U.S. Presidents

Need a dose of inspiration? Here are quotes from the 45 U.S. presidents to motivate and encourage you.

Why the "Like" Button May Be Killing Activism

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Is all the liking, retweeting, and commenting going on in American politics actually doing any good? Or are we just indulging in a form of entertainment and self-aggrandizement?

Are You a Stretcher or Are You A Chaser?

The answer to this question holds the key to leading a happy and successful life.