The upside of feeling a bit grumpy: getting things done

 

I regularly notice the upside of being a bit grumpy.

It helps me get things done. It helps me overcome inertia so I can do tasks I, on other days, may put off due to some resistance.

This is an example of helpful daily-life strategies. I notice I am a bit grumpy, and I intentionally use that grumpiness and the energy behind it to get things done I have earlier put off.

In the longer run, it’s also good to explore what’s behind the resistance and resolve it. It may be (unexplored) fear and discomfort, and behind that stressful beliefs and identifications, and behind that early life experiences creating wounds, stressful beliefs, and perhaps (mostly low grade) trauma.

Going back to the initial strategy, there is now some research on grumpiness and pushing through resistance. It’s an example of research where – I assume – the researcher had a hunch, followed up on it through research, and had it confirmed. The hunch may have been from noticing something in their own life, or being told about it, or reading about it in fiction literature. And, of course, the research may later be interpreted in different ways, or later research may find something else. That’s always a possibility.

It’s also an example of research that may seem a bit obvious. Since psychology as a scientific discipline is still in its infancy, a lot of the research will seem a bit obvious. It needs to be to create a foundation to build on. And, sometimes, they do find things that initially may seem counterintuitive.

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Initial notes…

  • A bit grumpy -> getting things done
    • I notice, as does probably others, that when I am a bit grumpy (frustrated, somber, even just neutral mood), easier to get things done
    • supported by research (psychological research often conforms what we know, which is good, needed since sometimes find something surprising)
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I regularly notice the upside of being a bit grumpy.

It helps me get things done. It helps me overcome inertia so I can get things done that I perhaps, on days I feel good and even a bit elated, may put off.

There is some research on this now, and although it may seem a bit obvious and something many of us have noticed in daily life, it’s helpful research. It’s important to do research on what seems a bit obvious since it will either confirm it so we can move on, or it doesn’t confirm it which is an even more interesting result. Sometimes, research surprises us and reveal something that initially seems counterintuitive.

I am thinking specifically about the research on implicit bias and racism. We all have these ideas in us since they are part of our culture. And although we don’t admit to them or explicitly act on them, they are there coloring our view of and life in the world, so it’s important to be aware of them. This too may seem obvious, when it’s pointed out, but since it goes against the conscious identity for many of us, it’s even more important to have it pointed out. I know this specific example is controversial, which is to be expected since it goes against what many of us wish to think about ourselves, but it makes intuitive sense and it doesn’t hurt to assume we all have implicit bias.

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