How close do you feel to the future you? According to Daphna Oyserman, a social scientist at the University of Southern California, your answer might be critical to your motivation. While most animals focus on the present, early humans developed future-oriented thinking – a mode of consciousness that helps you defy hardship – as you make your way toward an imagined future. Balancing these two modes of thinking can be a struggle. getAbstract recommends this summary to people who want to understand how an orientation toward the future can influence their behavior in the here and now.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why students improve academic outcomes when they feel closer to their future selves,
- Why thinking in days rather than years helps people save for retirement, and
- How altering your view of the future can improve your behavior today.
About the Author
Daphna Oyserman teaches psychology, education and communication at the University of Southern California. Her book Pathways to Success Through Identity-Based Motivation was published in 2015.