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How to motivate yourself to change your behavior | Tali Sharot | TEDxCambridge



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What does make us change our actions? Tali Sharot reveals three ingredients to doing what's good for yourself.
Dr. Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Experimental Psychology, a Wellcome Trust Fellow, and currently a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation, and social factors influence our expectations, decisions, and memories..
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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I used to hate doing dishes. I always did them by myself growing up because my 2 siblings one older one younger would start a fight with me and I would fall into their trap by telling them to leave and I would do it by myself which is what they ultimately wanted. Somehow I would be blamed for causing the fights. So if they were gone I couldn't be blamed.
Fast forward after marriage having to to dishes myself I began to leave them, as my mother did. But one day it changed. I was making a pot of tea. While waiting for the water to boil I was going to leave the kitchen and watch tv. But I would not know when the water was boiling. So I washed the dishes while waiting. It took about the same time to finish the dishes as it took to heat the water and brew the tea. I realized the chore was not as bad as it seemed and I got my reward of a hot cup of tea I enjoyed more knowing I had all ready done the chore I dreaded. I got into doing this everyday. Now
I dont have to have the tea any more to do the dishes I enjoy doing them knowing how short a time it takes and I do them after every meal. I can enjoy going into the kitchen more because it is neat and clean. I must have had a lot of negative things associated with dishwashing. Thanks to cup of tea, no more.

by Edie Pasquini 7 months ago

I had to watch this 2-3 times to really grasp what she was saying. She is not saying HOW TO motivate ourself rather HOW WE get motivated.

1. Social incentive- we are motivated through the positive actions of others. Ex. If we see our friend post a picture of themself at the gym then we want to do the same.

2. Progress monitoring- We are motivated by seeing progress. Ex. If we start working out too and we see progress by weighing ourself then that helps motivate us to continue.

3. Immediate Reward- reward your good behavior. Ex. If i workout this whole week then I will treat myself over the weekend. Maybe some pizza or ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰

by Khanda Hussein 1 year ago

The hand washing example is scary in 2020

by amin lefi 2 months ago

I quit smoking because of the idea that i was wasting my time and not my health.
1 cig = 5 minutes
1pack = 100 minutes
1pack per day over a month = 50 hours
It's up to you to decide for what you want to spend this time, plus it tastes and smells awful

by Mihail Colun 1 year ago

I know why social media is very addictive for us. Because it gives us the immediate reward by the time we post something (โ€˜likesโ€™ notification) which we donโ€™t easily get in a real social interaction. Thatโ€™s why some people look superior in social media but lack of confidence in their real life. By listening to this talk, I definitely agree that we need to focus more on the progress of what we/other people do, instead of the results. Because we cannot please people to give us the reward, so we have to value our progressing work as the reward.

by Rizal Malawi 1 year ago

Where is her glass of water? she is so cottonmouth lol..


other than seeing her struggle to pronounce the words because of lack of moisture, awesome! xD

by Eivind 1 day ago

I can sum up this entire talk with an old proverb: " You catch more flies with honey than vinegar".

by C R 1 year ago

I need everyone to wish me luck. Iโ€™ve got a meeting at the bank in a few minutes, and if all goes well, I will finally be debt free.

Iโ€™ m so excited, I can barely get my ski mask on.๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜„

by RADIO BOOMBA 2 months ago

โ€œWhen dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.โ€
โ€• Dale Carnegie

by Books In Review 4 days ago

Stop reacting to others and start responding. Reaction is automatic. Responding is consciously choosing your response. If you don't like your results, change your input, your thoughts, emotions, and expectations. - Marc Reklau

by Lessons In Life 1 year ago

That's how I raised my daughter with encouragement instead of punishment, worked out pretty great.

by Designer- Garb 5 months ago

As a teacher of students with behavioral problems I reward them all the time. And they behave for the most part, produce results, are motivated and most importantly learn!! I've done it for 19 years and when people tell me I'm good at what I do, I know it's because kids are engaged and motivated to get their rewards, so they participate in classroom work.

by Hayde Gutierrez 1 year ago

Isnโ€™t this the method of training our puppies to pee outside etc? Lmao ๐Ÿ˜‚ . After that doctor/ nurse etc thing Iโ€™m going to be carrying a lot more sanitizer ๐Ÿคจ

by Allison johnson 2 months ago

I learned how to motivate myself to change my behavior. Because of this speech, I will live with enough confidence!!

by ์ž„ํ˜ธ์ค€ 5 months ago

Most effective Ted talk given ever !! Learnt a lot. It was awesome!!

by Animesh Paul 8 months ago

one of my favorites that i've seen c:

by Athvna 4 months ago

that is very insightful and is just what i needed to know ... self-motivation can be an uphill struggle and i don't believe anyone is exempt.

by Topher Neville 7 months ago

How to motivate yourself to change your behaviour:

1. Social incentives (aka Social proof)
2. Immediate rewards (aka Instant gratification)
3. Progress monitoring (aka Show them the benefits)

by Harsono Setiono 1 year ago

I'll save you 16 minutes: The answer is positive reinforcement.

by Proteus Black 10 months ago

Summary: Threats and scare-tactics fail to incline people to change their choices โ€”rather, they induce a fight/flight response and a bias to incorporate information that reinforces existing behaviour. Social incentives/highlighting a comparison to others' actions, immediate rewards, and progress monitoring with a sense of control, fare better.

by Chris Lee 2 months ago

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