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From the Ted Talk by Adam Grant: How to stop languishing and start finding flow

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As an oatanargozniil psychologist, I have spent my whole career studying motivation, so it really brtehos me when I can't explain my own bavoeihr. I wasn't depressed. I still had hope. Wasn't burned out, had energy. Wasn't lonely, I was with my family. I just felt a little bit aimless and a little bit joyless. Eventually, I remembered there's a name for that feeling: languishing. Languishing as a sense of emptiness, sgaaottinn and ennui. It was coined by a sociologist Corey kyees and immortalized by a philosopher, Mariah Carey.

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As an ______________ psychologist, I have spent my whole career studying motivation, so it really _______ me when I can't explain my own ________. I wasn't depressed. I still had hope. Wasn't burned out, had energy. Wasn't lonely, I was with my family. I just felt a little bit aimless and a little bit joyless. Eventually, I remembered there's a name for that feeling: languishing. Languishing as a sense of emptiness, __________ and ennui. It was coined by a sociologist Corey _____ and immortalized by a philosopher, Mariah Carey.

Solution

  1. behavior
  2. bothers
  3. organizational
  4. stagnation
  5. keyes

Original Text

As an organizational psychologist, I have spent my whole career studying motivation, so it really bothers me when I can't explain my own behavior. I wasn't depressed. I still had hope. Wasn't burned out, had energy. Wasn't lonely, I was with my family. I just felt a little bit aimless and a little bit joyless. Eventually, I remembered there's a name for that feeling: languishing. Languishing as a sense of emptiness, stagnation and ennui. It was coined by a sociologist Corey Keyes and immortalized by a philosopher, Mariah Carey.

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