Silver Linings Help Performance

In 4 related studies, the researchers showed that when we believe that our weaknesses (Dark Cloud) have corresponding strengths (Silver Lining), it gives us a dreamstimefree_84852performance advantage. For example, when we see that depression (negative) makes us practical (positive), being lazy (negative) helps patience (positive), fear of failure (negative) increases motivation (positive), or being overly analytical (negative) creates thoroughness (positive), we perform better. We make a better effort if we believe in the Silver Lining. In one experiment, the researchers told Group A and B that they were impulsive. Then, they told Group A that impulsive people were creative. Both groups were given a creativity test and da, dah, da… Group A outperformed B because, believing that their trait had an upside, they increased their efforts.

Source: Alexander Winonskyet et al, 2014. J of Experimental Social Psychology

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