Summary of Don’t Regret Regret

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Don’t Regret Regret summary
Nobody welcomes regret, but the agony you feel when things go wrong does have value.


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Everyone is familiar with the feelings associated with regret – that horrible sinking sensation you experience after making a poor decision, such as hitting Reply All on an email when you should have clicked Reply. If you can relate to this sentiment, let journalist Kathryn Schulz soothe your aching soul. She explains that regrets have purpose and, in fact, are part of what make you human. getAbstract suggests you watch her lecture; you’ll regret it if you don’t.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What four ways people experience regret
  • How you can live with regret
  • How regret can add value to your life


Journalist Kathryn Schulz didn’t often feel regret. Previously, she had made mistakes, of course, but none that affected her strongly. She simply learned from her missteps and quickly moved on. She had never questioned the American assumption that it’s more important to look optimistically toward tomorrow...
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About the Speaker

Journalist Kathryn Schulz is a “wrongologist.” She explores wrongness in her Slate column titled “The Wrong Stuff” and in her book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.

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