The Psychology of Your Future Self

Amyr Rocha Lima

2 min read

We somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time.

In this TED Talk, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert explains that we tend to underestimate the amount of change that will happen in our lives and that this change is significant.

Gilbert points out that we often make decisions based on the assumption that who we are now is who we will always be, without considering how we may change in the future.

Our values, personalities, likes, and dislikes are not static, and they change as we age, sometimes leading to regrets about missed opportunities.

Gilbert highlights that our lack of appreciation for the power of time can affect our decision-making about significant life choices. For example, staying in one location for fear of losing a friend could lead to regret later, as we are likely to change over time.

To avoid being held back by the fear of losing something or someone, it is essential to recognize that change is a fundamental part of life and to make decisions accordingly.

This TED Talk provides valuable insights into the ways in which time shapes our preferences, values, and personalities, and how understanding this can help us make better decisions for our future selves.

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