Study Identifies The Most Effective Mental Strategies That People Use To Get Through Aversive Challenges

What strategies do you use to push through a tough challenge, be it a run on a treadmill or a stressful phone call with your boss? Perhaps you remind yourself of what you have to gain from completing the task, or you use distraction, or you think about the bad things that will happen if you give in? For a recent paper in the European Journal of Personality, a team led by Marie Hennecke at the University of Zurich conducted what they say is the first ever investigation of these strategies, and others, that people use spontaneously in their everyday lives to “regulate their persistence during aversive activities”. Continue reading →

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