What is the Zeigarnik effect?

Have you ever heard of it?

This effect was discovered in 1926 by a Russian psychologist named Dr. Zeigarnik. And I think everybody has done it! It’s about remembering an unfinished task better than a totally accomplished one. Incomplete information stays in the brain longer.

It can be used for a lot of things. You know it’s like when you have a song in your head and you can’t get rid of it. I give you a piece of advice: listen to it all the way through or sing it. You’ll see. Your brain will finally understand that the song is over, it won’t bother you with it anymore. So it can be beneficial to carry out a project. In this case, it’s important to start and since our brain will perceive this task as unfinished, we will be more likely to continue to finish it.

But this can be a hindrance and in some cases it is better to counter it. If you haven’t been bothered with something that might ruin your day, the advice is to do the opposite. Above all, don’t start anything that will interfere with the smooth running of your day. But I think, just thinking about it, it’s already too late, the Zeigarnik effect is already in place…

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