Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation
Understanding how intrinsic and extrinsic forms of motivation differ helps us plan our activities and stay engaged with tasks at hand. Intrinsic motivation is based on inner values, whilst extrinsic is based on contingent rewards. But how can we harness our internal motivation and how (and when) do extrinsic rewards help (or hinder)? Read on to find more…
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What make us (and the people we work with) really engage in a task? The promise of ‘Fortune and Glory’? Or maybe ‘Fear and Loathing’? These are all common tools people use to manage their own and others’ motivation and engagement. But, maybe this is all wrong… maybe there is a smarter way… In this post, we look at an alternative perspective,focusing on autonomy, mastery and purpose. Read on to find out more….
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Exam season cometh!
Across the country, exam time is coming up – here are some of PsychologyItBetters best posts to help you survive and thrive during this stressful period…. I hope you find them useful!
What predicts performance differences in two people with equal aptitude and prep?
Better stress reduction
Understanding stress responses
Feeling a bit overwhelmed?
Humour and stress reduction
Stress and exercise
And, when it is all over….
The psychology of holidays
Good luck in your exams and with your courseworks!
Lots of exciting posts on the way
It has been great getting back in the swing of writing for PsychologyItBetter.com again. I’m so excited about the blog posts that we have coming up, I wanted to share in advance! I have already scheduled posts on the importance of professional friendships, why I am going to try and stop telling people I am busy, and the role of ‘Big Tobacco’ in harm reduction. These will be appearing over the next few weeks. (I’ve also got some very exciting news to share soon…. 🙂 ).
Alongside all this I am also planning new posts on the five most important psychology books ever written, the role of self-affirmation and a load more topics. There should can be something for everybody 🙂
Don’t miss a single one!
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Have a great day!
So – I have some unexpected book news. In 2016 I co-wrote (with Chris Sterling, and a chapter from Elizabeth Newton) a book called ‘Psychology Squared: 100 concepts you should know‘. It outlines the entire discipline of psychology (well, a good chunk of it), with one concept per page. I had a blast writing it, and in many ways it kick-started this blog. It’s also (if I say so myself!) a great little volume, and one I am very fond of.
Guess what – the book is now available in German! You can check it out here!
You can check out the English version here if you missed it first time around 🙂
If you live in London and smoke, you have to read this!
I am currently leading a research trial at London South Bank University to compare the effectiveness of two leading quit smoking programmes. If you smoke and are considering quitting it would be great if you could take part!
Both programmes are effective methods of support for people wanting to quit and are run by qualified professionals. Everyone who completes the research side of the program (which involves three short appointments at Elephant and Castle) will be entered into a prize draw to win prizes including gym membership, an ipad and a holiday in the Caribbean.
Apply now: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will it involve?
You will be asked to see the research team four times. Each visit will last no longer than 5-10 minutes and evening and weekend appointments are available. For the final visit- we will come and see you at your home or workplace if it is easier. You will be entered for the prize draw regardless of whether or not you stay an ex-smoker, as long as all four appointments with the research team have been attended.
Don’t miss out.
We are only recruiting limited numbers for this study, so make sure you don’t miss out. You can find out more by clicking here or by emailing the team at email@example.com . Why not take the plunge and do it now?
Group therapy and social support/control
I had a great interview this week with the folk at Drug Addiciton Now – a great resource of articles, news and views on all aspects of addiction recovery. We were talking about a recent paper myself and colleagues recently had published looking at social support and control processes in group therapy. Do check out their website, and if you are interested, you can find the interview here. If you’d like to read the actual journal article itself, it’s available free / open access at Addictive Behavior Reports here. It’s actually part of a larger special issue the subject of identity and addiction that I recently guest edited with Ian Albery, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle.
Hopefully there is something there that will pique your interest!
Still missing PsychItBetter?
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Also, it’s nearly Xmas, so help these guys out 🙂
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Sorry we’ve gone away for a bit!
For those of that follow this blog regularly, you may wonder where I’ve gone!
No big mystery. Basically, work, life and everything went nuts! In an attempt to maintain some healthy sense of work (meet projects obligations, look after students) and life (be a good partner/father / not be a d*&k when I am home) balance, the blog has had to give a bit this last month. It was that or (i) go off grid and live in the Welsh Mountains like someone from that Ben Fogle show or (ii) leave the children in the woods like some twisted academic fairytale.
Things are looking a bit bonkers still, but there is some light on the horizon. So, we are still currently on hiatus, but I hope to see you again in the New Year. Possibly from an internet cafe in Cardiff when I come down for my monthly supplies.
In the meantime, why not browse some of our old posts? Bet you missed at least one!
Merry Xmas if I don’t say hi beforehand!
At this time of year students return to university. This is an exciting time as you get to catch up with last year’s student and see what they been up to over the summer. Of course, we also welcome a new cohort of students to the University and, for many of them, help them get used to a new way of life. For some of these new faces, the transition between their old lifestyle and becoming a student is easy. For others it is more difficult. What causes these differences and what does the study of psychology tell us about situations where our identities don’t really fit together, or are just plain incompatible? Read on to find out.
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