Must we suffer to succeed? when anxiety boosts motivation and performance

Juliane Strack, Paulo Lopes, Francisco Esteves, Pablo Fernandez-Berrocal

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Abstract

Why do some people work best under pressure? In two studies, we examined whether and how people use anxiety to motivate themselves. As predicted, clarity of feelings moderated the relationship between trait anxiety and the tendency to use this emotion as a source of motivation (i.e., anxiety motivation). Furthermore, anxiety motivation mediated the relationship between trait anxiety and outcomes - including academic achievement (Study 1) as well as persistence and job satisfaction (Study 2). These findings suggest that individuals who are clear about their feelings are more likely to thrive on anxiety and eustress and possibly use these to achieve their goals and find satisfaction at work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-124
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Individual Differences
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotional clarity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Motivation

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