The Power of Feeling Bad

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NBS academic and the NY Times discuss why fearing the worst might make you better at your job

A study, led by Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell of the Newcastle Business School, suggests that when people of different specialities work together in teams, a negative mood can sometimes lead to better work.

Associate Professor Mitchell was interviewed about this research by the New York Times recently where she talked about how bad feelings (her team looked specifically at "distress, irritation, boredom, tension, upset and hostility") can make you "think there's something wrong, and so you tend to look for external information to support your argument, to be much more rigorous about questioning your own presumptions and other people's perspectives, much more reliant on objective data."

Read the full article here.

Learn more about Associate Professor Mitchell at her Researcher Profile page.

  • Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell
  • Phone: (02) 4921 6828

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