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

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Transcriber: Leonardo Silva Reviewer: Denise RQ

So, we all have some behavior

that we would like to change about ourselves.

And we certainly all want to help someone else

change their behavior in a positive way.

So, maybe it's your kid, your spouse, your colleague.

So I want to share some new research with you

that I think reveals something really important

about what gets people to change their behavior.

But before I do that, let's zoom in on one strategy

that I think you probably use a lot.

So, let's say you're trying to stop yourself from snacking.

What do you tell yourself?

Well, most people, in a monologue, will say,

"Beware. You'll be fat."

And if this was your kid,

you would probably tell him that smoking kills

and, by the way, he's in big, big trouble.


So, what we're trying to do here

is we're trying to scare ourselves and others