Queen Bee QT: Increase Persistence With This 30-Second Trick

Written by Angela Atkinson

Phoebe_in_front_of_the_Wikipedia_globe,_arms_crossed,_2010-06-15Been feeling a little overwhelmed lately? Too much on your plate and you don’t know where to begin? Maybe you just feel like giving up.

Here’s a quick hit way you can easily change your flow and get back on track – a simple move that will help you increase your persistence and start getting things done again.

Queen Bee QT: A Simple 30-Second Trick to Increase Persistence

A 2007 study in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that the simple act of crossing your arms for 30 seconds will increase your resolve to figure out a problem or stick with something until it’s finished.

So, the next time you feel like you just can’t do something or you’re having trouble figuring something out, cross your arms for 30 seconds and give it another go!

Here’s the science behind this trick.

Researchers did two experiments based on their hypothesis that arm crossing can serve as a “proprioceptive cue for perseverance within achievement settings.”

According to their documentation, experiment 1 found that “inducing participants to cross their arms led to greater persistence on an unsolvable anagram,” while experiment 2 revealed that “arm crossing led to better performance on solvable anagrams, and that this effect was mediated by greater persistence.”

No differences in comfort, instruction adherence, or mood were observed between the arms crossed and control conditions, and participants appeared to be unaware of the effect of arm crossing on their behavior.  (See the full study here)

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  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at QueenBeeing.com and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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