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‘Control Aversion’ Might Be Why Self-Improvement Is Annoying You Right Now

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bv88md/control-aversion-psychological-explanation-self-improvement-is-annoying-during-pandemic

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‘Control Aversion’ Might Be Why Self-Improvement Is Annoying You Right Now
Stop TELLING ME what to DO about my LIFE, well-meaning workout class instructor!

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Taking Instructions From Coaches

Taking Instructions From Coaches
  • Engaging with instructional videos, whether it is a fitness workout or a cooking class, is leaving many people overwhelmed, annoyed and even angry.
  • Many experience a sense of intrusion, and cannot follow the deluge of rules and orders thrust upon them.
  • There is also a lack of control and options while engaging with any such content, and things that people used to enjoy earlier now start to feel unwelcome.

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Control Aversion And Personal Development

The phenomenon of rebelling against any perceived control from others is known as control aversion. People do not want to be explicitly told what to do and form a natural rebellion against strict commandments.

While they are trying to learn things at home using the online tutorials, they are increasingly having a short temper and lack of patience.

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The Depressed State Of The World

The stressful and uncertain situations created by a global crisis, from which the news industry is thriving nowadays, is making the positive words and messages from the instruction videos sound forced or even fake. Staying in isolation is also linked with increased frustration, anger and stress.

People want to connect with others in-person and traditional methods of doing things, like cooking with a recipe book or taking a live workout class are always preferable to sitting isolated in a closed room.

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The Answer To Control Aversion

The way to handle control aversion is to do less of the online activities, and give yourself a break from the pressure to be productive.

Even if life is not so fruitful for a few months and you just manage to survive the crisis, it is still a step in the right direction and increases your chance to live a normal life in the future.

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Have an end goal in mind when you're learning.

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