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Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert poses the question, “Why do we make decisions that our future selves so often regret?” His answer draws on psychological studies, cognitive research and a well-reasoned theory. Gilbert explains that people of all ages underestimate how much they’ll change in the future, so getAbstract suggests this energetic talk as a cognitive tune-up for any phase of career or life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why humans tend to underestimate how much they’ll change over time,
  • How this cognitive bias skews decision making and
  • Why people at any age should regard themselves as “works in progress.”
 

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Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert studies human happiness; he wrote Stumbling on Happiness.

 

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The decisions you make today affect your future self. You’re currently navigating the consequences of your past choices. Thus, teenagers might undergo the pain and expense of getting a tattoo that their future selves will painstakingly, expensively remove. People might divorce someone their younger ...

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