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Dread can be a powerful motivational tool
A study from the University of British Columbia weighed the effects of positive and negative anticipation. Immediate gratification tends to be a powerful motivator; we also want to get negative experiences over with sooner than later. The feeling of dread can be a powerful motivational tool to stop procrastination.

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Positive and negative anticipation

Positive and negative anticipation

A study from the University of British Columbia analyzed the effects of positive and negative anticipation.

The conclusions show that we tend to want a yummy snack immediately but prefer to...

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Anticipation asymmetry

Anticipation pushes against our natural tendency to want good things now and bad things later.

We'd rather get negative experiences over with to avoid the dread of waiting. Yet this...

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Subjective magnitude

We weigh negatives twice as heavily as positives. This is similar to loss aversion: We prefer avoiding losses than acquiring equivalent gains.

Loss aversion focuses narrowly on losses and g...

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Using dread as a motivator

That idea was put forward at Fast Company: "Don't want to do something? Tell yourself that it will be horrible. The worst. A godforsaken burden."

Immediate gratificat...

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