25 minutes | Aug 15th 2019

Are You Being Sucked Into A Negativity Vortex? with Ethan Kross

Ethan Kross is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan's top-ranked social psychology programme. He's an award-winning scientist and teacher who studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions, and relationships. And his research has been published in academic journals and featured in the New York Times, the Economist and the New Yorker, to name just a few.

In this week’s episode, we explore how we can avoid being sucked into negativity vortex by using self-distancing and other simple hacks to improve our self-regulation at work.

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You’ll Learn:
  • [02:03] - Ethan outlines the consequences of becoming stuck in a negativity vortex at work.
  • [03:38] - Ethan explains how the practice of self-distancing can help us to avoid the negativity vortex.
  • [05:14] - Ethan provides examples of how the language we use can help us to self-distance during moments of rumination.
  • [07:27] - Ethan shares some tips for practicing self-distancing successfully.
  • [08:47] - Ethan explains how self-distancing can be taught in workplaces.
  • [10:41] - Ethan shares some other simple hacks to help us avoid the vortex of negativity at work.
  • [13:48] - Ethan offers some insight into the current evidence-based debates on how self-control and willpower works.
  • [16:05] - Ethan explains how to avoid co-rumination when it comes to our relationships at work and instead be an effective supporter of others.
  • [19:37] - Ethan provides some cautions on using distancing wisely and not as an avoidance strategy.
  • [21:33] - Ethan completes the Lightning Round.
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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Ethan!

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