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Humphrey’s Law: When Thinking Too Much About an Activity Ruins It


  Humphrey’s law, also known as the centipede effect or centipede syndrome, is an eponymous law. This means that it was raised exhaustively and is verified in practice, but it isn’t supported by experiments or specific studies that have validated it as such. The originator of Humphrey’s Law was a psychologist named George Humphrey. The norm was consecrated in his work, The Story of Man’s Mind and is described as follows: “conscious attention to a task normally performed automatically can hinder its execution”. Thus, Humphrey’s law states that if a person has developed enough skill to do something automatically, stopping…

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Chantal Maille
Praticien en Psychothérapie - Psychanalyste, Coaching conjugal & Sophrologie

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