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Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen’s research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.
Positive thinking by itself does neither help the young nor the old, neither college students to get a better grade nor suitors getting a better date. If anything, it keeps people from moving towards the very outcomes they desire.
We love a good story of dreams coming true against all odds, and from a young age we're taught that whatever we believe, we can achieve. But on an individual level, what if this type of incessant positive thinking is exactly what's keeping us from achieving our goals?