Posted in Psychology

The Science Behind Why Motivational Quotes Motivate You


In this article, Fast Company uncovers why people get so pumped up by motivational quotes. Language, even when condensed to small turns of phrase can have an unbelievable effect on human behavior and state of mind. I talk about the self-coaching process that happens when we read quotes and why some people are more susceptible than others.

“But out of all of the things that people—famous, influential, and otherwise—have to say, what makes some turns of phrase so powerful that they become mantras for generations?

Depending on whom you ask, the appeal appears to lie in a combination of good wordsmithing, motivational psychology, and a measure of self-selection. Obviously, people who tend to feel inspired by motivational quotes are going to find them more resonant than those who don’t find simple phrases and sayings to be particularly meaningful, says psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City.”

Read the full article here.