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To want is power

  •  May 31, 2020


The power of motivation is in you. A study of over 40,000 people at the University of Wolverhampton (England) reveals how we think we can improve our performance.

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Telling yourself that you can has the power to make you do your job better than expected.


More than self-help thinking, the statement is from a study by scientists at the University of Wolverhampton in partnership with the BBC Lab UK.

Work requires respect.

After all, the researchers conducted an experiment that used 44,000 volunteers, who were tested to find out what psychological skills could help improve their performance in an online game.


The objective was to examine whether a motivational method can be most effective in inspiring the accomplishment of a specific task.

The methods tested were talking to oneself, observing inspiring images, and adopting thoughts of what it would be like.

Volunteers who used mind chatter to themselves, saying phrases like “you can do better next time,” had the best results on the task performed.

According to Dr. Tracey Devonport, one of the study's authors, “the key message of the study is that a brief repetition of affirmative sentences increases emotion, arousal and effort, which leads to better performance as we improve the focus of attention and effort on the task.

The study was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Want is power (May 2020)


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