How is the Zeigarnik Effect Impacting Your Health?

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Have you ever been in a car crash?

It’s a crazy experience for sure… it was raining hard in New York the night that I was on my way to my parent’s house. The other car hydroplaned and struck me head on. Police cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances showed up. With the exception of some broken bones, lacerations, and being knocked unconscious, everyone survived.

Car accidents are STRESSFUL.
The amount of people on the scene shut the whole intersection down. There I was, stuck in my car for hours as I waited for the ‘Jaws of Life’ to free me from the mangled metal.

There were frantic helpers, plenty of gawkers and Tons of STRESS. More specifically, SYSTEM STRESS.

Everyone was stressed. Other drivers, polce, firefighters – and of course, ME.

With that being said, I want to introduce you to a very interesting concept that is believed to cause the most system stress to people nowadays. It’s called the Zeigarnik Effect. In a nutshell, psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik stated that you will remember any unfinished business until the moment it’s finished, and then you FORGET IT.

As an example, have you ever seen a waiter take your order without pen and pad and completely nail the order with no mistakes?

Unfinished business.
However, did you also know that he’ll FORGET that order as soon as the plate is delivered to your table? Crazy, huh? And yes, there was an actual study on this.

So, how does this apply to you, and getting your health back? It’s simple.

The more things you read and “research” online, the more “experts” you listen to, the more unfinished business you accumulate. The more unfinished business you accumulate, the more STRESS you accumulate.

Think of how many “protocols” in the past that you’ve been waiting to try. This doctor says to do one thing, someone else says something else works – they ALL make sense – and you don’t know where to go or what to do.

This causes STRESS.
The more unfinished business you create in your life, the more stress you have. Your “to do” list just keeps growing.

So what do you do to finish these unfinished business stressors? Simple, you finish the business. What does that mean? It means that if it is a protocol that you started, FINISH IT. Stick with it, and tweak it if need be, but do not give up and jump ship before you give it a chance.

And stop “GOOGLING.”

If you find another solution that makes more sense to you, by ALL MEANS, give up ALL the other stuff. Because then we aren’t helping you, and in fact, we’re probably preventing you from taking action (too many open loops = no action).

On the other hand, it’s vice versa as well.

If our advice jives with you, stay with us and stop learning about new things to try. Commit to what we are saying and give it a try.

Listen, every email you get is ANOTHER open loop – another “I’ll get to it later.”

So relax, avoid the “Zeigarnik Effect”, and save yourself some stress.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic health condition, we at Stanly Wellness Center are here to help. All you need to do is call our office at 980-355-7600 and schedule your FREE consultation, or visit our website at and fill out the CONTACT US form.

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Patrick Ess
Dr. Patrick R. Ess grew up in Buffalo, NY. There, he attended Daemen College for his undergraduate studies in Natural Medicine. After which, he graduated in 2002 from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Ess has treated thousands of patients and changed their lives with care. He believes in educating the patient so that they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their health.

Dr. Ess donates his time to the community by educating people of all ages on a variety of health, wellness, and safety issues. He teaches people how to avoid work injuries, stress maintenance, weight loss and promote healthy lifestyles.

Along with his 2 wonderful children - Tristen (16) and Sara (14), Dr. Ess enjoys cycling, hiking, swimming, drive-in movies, and other outdoor activities. Together they promote a healthy lifestyle with regular chiropractic care.