The Zeigarnik Effect and the unfinished work…

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You have not even started a thing and you’re thinking about the result!:)

 In scientific terms, we are talking about the Zeigarnik Effect, the function of our brain that schedules us to finish something started.

The Zeigarnik effect is based on an experiment by a Russian psychologist, Bluma Zeigarnik in 1927, after seeing a strange thing in a coffee shop in Vienna: the waiters only remembered the commands that had to be served and they had not been paid. After a customer left the café, the waiters actually forgot what had been served

In 1982 Kenneth Mc Graw made another test based on the Zeigarnick Effect. His result was that almost 90% of the participants remembered things they had not finished.Well, the Zeigarnik Effect explains a simple phenomenon that happens in our minds. We remain connected to things that have begun and are not over.

Very good! … until it’s not that good 🙂

Because this Zeigarnik Effect can be used by third part manipulators to keep our minds busy with things/situations left unfinished. For example in television Zeigarnik effect is used very often. Remember the situations or the series in which the beautiful :)…(Hose Armando, Juan, Fernando, etc.) :)) died but in the last sequence appears a miraculous clue that makes you believe they’re alive. And you remain with your mind there until the next episode, or:…:)) Rambo 1, Rambo 2, Rambo 3… Rambo7 ….. Rambo is back … and the list can continue indefinitely…

Most of us continually postpone things because it seems to us that what we have to do is too hard, or we’re afraid of failure, or we just do not know where to start.
But the Zeigarnik  Effect tells us that our mind is made to want to finish things up.
So the solution to do what you have on the list is to … Start.
Start anywhere, just… Start.

Appetite comes with eating, mood comes with working!

I know from the experience that it’s hard to change a habit, it’s hard to change yourself, not because you can not, or because you have no resources, or because you miss something … No!

The main reason why people change hard (although they live every day frustrated by the unfinished things, the things not done, started… in the head) is that it is much more comfortable to lie to yourself than to admit that you are in a Big shit!

Eventually it is said that the truth will set you free :)) but first, you will get angry as hell!

But do not forget “Life’s a journey, not a destination!”

Author: mydoina

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Gustav Jung-

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