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10 Oct 2006

by Noel

Think Fast and You’ll Feel Better For It

Want to feel better? Think fast. A study shows that people forced to think quickly feel better:

[Emily] Pronin and … Daniel Wegner … experimentally manipulated the pace at which participants read a series of statements … The researchers found that regardless of the content of the statements, people felt happier, more energetic, more creative, more powerful, and more grandiose when they read the statements at a fast rather than a slow pace.

This type of behaviour is very similar to manic behaviour, so whether it is beneficial in the long term in debatable, but it’s at least an interesting result. Perhaps it explains why so many of us put off work till the last minute — we want the rush of working at a fast pace. At least we now have a plausible argument for such behaviour!

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