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I’m guessing you thought, as I did, that the Samaritan parable group would stop. But tat’s not what they found.

In fact, the most important factor was how rushed they were.

The researchers measured for this as also told some of the students they were late and should hurry, whilst some were told they had just enough time to get to the other room, and some were told they would arrive early.

They found 63% of subjects that were in no hurry stopped to help

45% of those in a moderate hurry stopped.

Only 10% of those that were in a great hurry stopped.

It made no difference whether the students were assigned to talk on the Good Samaritan Parable or not.

Rushing through life, which is one of modern life’s big themes, distracts us from life itself, from what’s really important.

focus awarenessResearch suggests 50% of the time our mind is wandering from it’s task: how many times have you check emails, texts, fb, twitter when you really should be focused on a piece of work?

The key moments when we are least present are:
Commuting to work

At a computer screen

At work

As these last 2 are where we most need to be aware and focused on what we are doing what can you do about that? Come back for my next blog to find out…


About Phil Parker

Phil specialises in the psychology of health, happiness and genius.

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