One Way To See Sisyphus Happy


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Don’t Tell Yourself You Will Succeed, Ask Yourself If You Will

 A study led by Dolores Albarracin implies that when people ask themselves whether they will succeed, they are more often successful than when they assert to themselves that they will succeed: Albarracin’s team tested this kind of motivation in 50 study participants, encouraging them explicitly to either spend a minute wondering whether they would complete a task or [Read More...]

Extrinsic Motivation A Poor Substitute For Intrinsic Motivation

I’ve always had a personal and philosophical aversion to motivation that is rooted in extrinsic rewards.  I balk pretty heavily at the idea that moral actions can be motivated by the hope for rewards or the fear of punishment.  I am Kantian to the extent that I am firmly convinced that however right one’s action [Read More...]