Studies that have been taken place since 1930 show that people that announce their goals or dreams to others are experiencing a “social reality” and that may prevent them from going after them.

Naturally we would think that when we talk to friends or family about our aspirations and aims in life not only we will get the support and acknowledgement that we need to actualize our dreams but we will also take the courage to continue to our life journey. This is not necessarily true.

According to tests that the psychology professor Peter Gollwitzer has completed, people that announce their in public may experience a “premature sense of completeness.” This can create a mental block that subconsciously prevents the person to pursuit their objectives. The symbols that your mind creates when your aims are expressed publically may fulfill your mental needs enough to abandon any effort towards your actual . In the following article you can find out in detail how revealing your objectives publically may prevent you from pursuing them.

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Shouldn’t you announce your goals, so friends can support you?

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Doesn’t the “law of attraction” mean you should state your intention, and the goal as already yours?


Tests done since 1933 show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen.

Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.

In 1933, W. Mahler found that if a person announced the solution to a problem, and was acknowledged by others, it was now in the brain as a “social reality”, even if the solution hadn’t actually been achieved.

NYU psychology professor Peter Gollwitzer has been studying this since his 1982 book “Symbolic Self-Completion” (pdf article here) – and recently published results of new tests in a research article, “When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap?”…

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