Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen's research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • The 'WOOP' framework for goal-setting and goal-realization
  • How simply thinking positively about goals can actually hinder efficacy
  • The right way to use prospection to energize action, define obstacles and implement a plan
  • Gabriele's personal philosophy of using science to better our lives


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Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg where her research revolves around how we think about the future, and how this affects our behavior, cognition and emotions. She has written almost 100 articles for scholarly journals and for popular news websites like The Harvard Business Review and The NYTimes online. Her latest book Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation is an introduction to how prospection ought to be grounded in reality to motivate change and desire-fulfillment.