How Boredom Can Lead to Failure

September 18, 2014 12:04 PM

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How Boredom Can Lead to Failure

Boring! That's how most of us would describe the unglamorous work of building a single new behavior. We find it exciting to pledge ourselves ambitious goals but boring to practice the everyday behaviors required to attain them. Now new research is demonstrating that our ability to succeed at a task may well depend on how exciting and valuable we expect that task to be.

In a recent study just published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers gave students a word puzzle to solve. Prior to beginning the puzzle, students were asked to say whether or not they believed their task would be exciting or enjoyable. The students were then given a docume...

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