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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Using psychology to turn your phone into your friend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

When your alarm goes off in the morning, what do you reach for? If you're like me, your alarm is your phone, and it's the first thing you see every single day. We often forget about the power of something called "self-fulfilling prophecy" and the roles our phones play in our daily lives. When you reach for yours, what do you see?

Self-fulfilling prophecy is when we predict something in our heads - whether it's correct or incorrect - and then consciously or unconsciously make it happen. It's a really insidious part of human psychology that often serves us no good. But because positive affirmations are so effective in helping us help ourselves, there's no reason we can't use these to combat self-fulfilling prophecy, right?

Here's the scientific explanation: "The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come 'true'. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning."

Back to the alarm on your phone in the morning. Have you ever considered the power of the messages on your phone's wallpaper? You read them over and over again. We unlock our phones perhaps hundreds of times each day - why not make that activity one of strength and positivity? It's a little life hack that goes a long way. I change my phone wallpaper to say all sorts of interesting things. and I'm a better person for it. Give it a try!

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