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Seeing future success: does imagery perspective influence achievement motivation?

03 Jan

Researchers from the Dept of Psychology at York University in Toronto find that imagining future success does indeed enhance people’s motivation to achieve success, and that third-person imagery does this more effectively than first person.

Three studies from the realm of academic motivation supported this conclusion, and further indicated that people feel more motivated to succeed on a future task when they visualize its successful completion from a third-person rather than a first-person perspective. The investigators hypothesize that third-person imagery boosts motivation by prompting students to construe their success abstractly and to perceive it as more important.

Citation: Vasquez NA, Buehler R. Seeing future success: does imagery perspective influence achievement motivation? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2007 Oct; 33 (10): pages 1392-405. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award