Random Quote #17

“The goals that people set for themselves are so important to what they do and how they feel about it that an exclusive focus on experienced well-being is not tenable. We cannot hold a concept of well-being that ignores what people want. On the other hand, it is also true that a concept of well-being that ignores how people feel as they live and focuses only on how they feel when they think about their life is also untenable.”

D. Kahneman, in Thinking, Fast and Slow


Random Quote #2

“There is an inscription on the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Express that reads: “‘slow’ is spelled with four letter; so is ‘life’. ‘Speed’ is spelled with five letters; So is ‘death.'” Really.”

Robert V. Levine, in A Geography of Time: On tempo, culture, and the pace of life

Random Quote #1

“It is wise to take admissions of uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his mind, not necessarily that the story is true.”

D. Kahneman, in Thinking, Fast and Slow

The impact of implicit theories and goal setting

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”

-Helen Hayes

Just read  A social-cognitive approach to motivation and personality (Dweck & Legget, 1988) and found the authors’ approach very interesting. The paper describes how personality factors (implicit theories) and motivation (goals) impact the two major patterns of cognitive-affect-behavior (helpless response vs. mastery-oriented response).

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