Category Archives: Success

Psychological Resilience: The Ability to Turn Stressful Life Events Into Personal Growth

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Perceiving life events as opportunities for personal growth rather than limitations or threats to security will make you endure even the most challenging aspects of life.

Resilience characterizes people who are able to interact with their environments in ways that promote growth and well-being, despite they may have been exposed to many challenging life events or psychological risk factors. That said, life is by itself a stressful phenomenon. Continue reading

4 Ways to Develop Self-Efficacy Beliefs (Self-Esteem or Confidence)

Have you ever wondered whether you have a strong self-efficacy belief or not? Or perhaps you are curious about how people develop their self-efficacy beliefs? This post describes the theory of self-efficacy, the research surrounding it, and four ways in which people develop self-efficacy beliefs.

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Study: People With Self-Discipline Are Happier

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When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading

Medium Maximization: The Tendency to Focus on Immediate Outcomes

A medium has no value in itself, but it can be traded for another desired outcome. An effort may lead to a medium that, in turn, may lead to an outcome.

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Early Signs of Extraordinary Abilities Predict Success

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Kell and colleagues (2013) published a longitudinal study on highly gifted individuals. The authors wanted to examine whether the talents of these individuals predicted their future success such as work and study accomplishments. Continue reading

Achieve Happiness Through the Experience of Flow

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Go with the flow.

The following text is based on the book “Flow – The Psychology of Happiness” written by Csikszentmihalyi (2002), who is the psychologist behind the concept. The concept of flow describes a process of achieving happiness.
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Do What You Love and Stay Motivated (Self-Determination Theory)

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Inner motivation and joy are tighly connected.

When you do the things you love or enjoy, you will feel a high degree of inner motivation. Feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness are essential for inner motivation, according to the self-determination theory. Here is the reason why:

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