The Zeigarnik Effect: Why do we hate to leave things unfinished

The Zeigarnik Effect: Why do we hate to leave things unfinished

The so-called “Zeigarnik effect” was created by the Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik and defines the tendency of human beings to remember unfinished tasks more easily than those that have already been completed. The psychologist began to study this behavior in depth after observing a waiter who was able to easily remember a long list of pending commands and still was almost unable to remember the dishes he had already served. In 1927 Zeigarnik published a study of this particular behaviour which was later given its name. This effect is also responsible for causing us great discomfort when we leave something unfinished, although it has also been proven that this effect can vary depending on each person. If you want to know more about the Zeigarnik Effect and how it influences your daily life, read on and we’ll tell you all about it!

 

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