Less conflict brings makes us feel okay

Psychologists have found that, as we get older, we experience motivational conflict less often.

Motivational conflict is the feeling that you want to (or should) be doing something different from whatever you are doing. This feeling becomes less frequent with age and results in a greater sense of simply feeling okay.

In two studies which compare older adults with younger adults, the authors conclude that “an age-related decrease in motivational conflicts in daily life may be among the factors underlying the positive development of emotional well-being into older adulthood.”

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Further reading:

“Me against myself: motivational conflicts and emotional development in adulthood”

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18808239/

Riediger, M., Freund, A. M. Me against myself: motivational conflicts and emotional development in adulthood. Psychol Aging. 2008; 23(3):479494. doi:10.1037/a0013302