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No End in Sight: The Right Way to Reach Your Goals

From the Show: HER
Summary: Are you approaching your goals in the wrong way?
Air Date: 1/22/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Gabriele Oettingen, PhD
Gabriele Oettingen Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and at the University of Hamburg. She is the author of more than a 100 articles and book chapters on thinking about the future and the control of cognition, emotion, and behavior. She received her Ph.D. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology in Seewiesen.

Her major contribution to the field is research on the perils of positive thinking and on Mental Contrasting, a self-regulation technique that is effective for mastering one's everyday life and long-term development. Gabriele Oettingen's work is published in social and personality psychology, developmental and educational psychology, in health and clinical psychology as well as in neuropsychological and medical journals.

Her findings contribute to the burgeoning literature on life style change and businesses and institutions have increasingly become interested in the application of her research.
  • Book Title: Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation
No End in Sight: The Right Way to Reach Your Goals
Whether it's a New Year's resolution, or you're in the mood to set some long and short-term goals, have you ever wondered if there's a right way to achieve them?

If you're someone who likes to take time when you set out to accomplish goals, or if you're someone who adds too much to the list of what you want to achieve, could you be going about it in the wrong way?

Usually when a particular goal comes in mind, you may have already written a plan of action in order for you to stay focused on what's ahead. You might encounter a few bumps throughout your journey and eventually decide it's no longer a goal you wish to pursue.

Elders and others in your life may have told you to always keep a positive attitude, especially during rough times. But, is a positive attitude the right motivational tool to have while goal setting?

Ultimately, is there a right way to reach your goals?

Gabriele Oettingen, PhD, shares why your goals may be unfulfilled, as well as if there is a right way to reach your goals.
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