This TED Talk focuses on how to motivate yourself to change your behavior.
Behavioral Neuroscientist Tali Sharot claims that our society does not effectively respond to warnings. Specifically, warnings like – if we do something, a bad outcome will result. She claims that we don’t want to think about bad things, therefore we will find ways to avoid warnings, which may result in the opposite outcome.
She then explains that people tend to listen more to the positive possibilities than the negative. Basically, if two doctors give two different results, humans tend to listen to the more positive and disregard the negative.
The Speaker describes 3 elements that are effective in changing behavior.
We are social people. We want to do what others are doing and we want to do it better.
We value the rewards we can get now more than the ones we can get in the future.
Our brain does not process negative future potentials as well as it does with positive future outcomes. Warnings are less effective than trackable progress and goals.
The Speaker’s hypothesis is that fear generates inaction, while the frill of a gain induces action.
Watch the above video for the in-depth explanation of how the Speaker came to her conclusions, and how to motivate yourself to change your behavior.
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How To Motivate Yourself To Change Your Behavior
Post by Mike Gamache – Blogger, Video Professional