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A mind trick that can break down your brain’s barrier to success - New Scientist Mar 2016
Article about “wise psychological interventions” (WPI) – apparently simple actions that produce long-lasting changes in behaviour
"At the heart of WPIs is the idea of “mental unblocking” – removing psychological barriers that keep people stuck in damaging patterns of behaviour. Simplistic though this may seem, it is actually surprisingly hard to achieve."
"Nudges are usually specific to a given choice at a given time, whereas WPIs aim to alter behaviour in a lasting way. More significantly, nudges tend to rely on environmental cues, whereas WPIs are rooted in theories about basic human psychology."
Built around Carol Dweck's ideas about "fixed" and "growth" mindsets - "that is, whether they see their abilities and personality as set in stone, or malleable."
psychology  NewScientist  behavior  motivation 
april 2016 by pierredv
Resolve to Stay on Track in the New Year - Evernote Blog
“SMART” — it’s specific, measurable, and achievable, there’s a reward for sticking with it, and our progress is tracked throughout the year. "focus on the habit, not the goal"
Evernote  resolutions  motivation  behavior 
january 2016 by pierredv
Can Psychology Teach Us How To Stick To New Year's Resolutions? : NPR
"New Year's resolutions are really a form of what they call mental accounting" "Previous research by Anne Wilson and Michael Ross at the University of Waterloo show that people tend to look down on their past selves compared to who they are now. . . .So resolutions really are a way to mark this transition between the old inferior version of ourselves and the new and improved .."
NPR  psychology  audio  motivation 
january 2016 by pierredv
How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach : zenhabits
"If we can learn to get outside this personal bubble, and see things from a less self-centered approach, we can see some amazing things"
zenhabits  motivation  goal  purpose  meaning  loving-kindness  suffering 
september 2014 by pierredv
Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : Shots - Health News : NPR
"I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart," Stigler says. "It's a sign of low ability — people who are smart don't struggle, they just naturally get it, that's our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity." In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it's just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and so struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle.
**  meditation  struggle  npr  China  USA  learning  culture  motivation  education 
november 2012 by pierredv
Why I left Google - James Whittaker = MSDN Blogs
"The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."
google  motivation  work  via:kevinschofield 
march 2012 by pierredv
5 ways to keep your rockstar employees happy — Online Collaboration
Salaries and benefits don't matter most; great managers are wheat really counts. Five items - education - regular, usable feedback ("53 percent of employees said that when their boss praises excellent performance, the feedback does not provide enough useful information to help them repeat it. And 65 percent responded that when their boss criticizes poor performance, it doesn’t provide enough useful information to help them correct the issue") - weekly 1-1's - manage grunt work - public acknowledgement
employment  motivation  gigaom 
october 2011 by pierredv
The bonus myth: How paying for results can backfire - life - 12 April 2011 - New Scientist
Citing Alfie Kohn, Malcolm Higgs (Southampton), Edward Deci (Rochester), Dan Ariely (Duke), Laura Petersen & Thomas Gavagan (Baylor), Brian Serugma (Nottingham) "a large and growing body of evidence suggests that in many circumstances, paying for results can actually make people perform badly, and that the more you pay, the worse they perform." "rewarding children, students and workers with grades, incentives and other "bribes" leads to inferior work in the long run."
economics  employment  incentives  motivation  finance  psychology  bonuses  NewScientist  * 
may 2011 by pierredv

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