Summary of The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

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When pursuing happiness, be aware that your memory skews your perceptions of experience.


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According to behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman, memories skew perceptions of happiness, and brief moments within experiences can distort memories. This bias, he explains, stems from the vast difference between the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self,” which many people – including scientific researchers – confuse. getAbstract believes those pursuing happiness will find some clarity in Kahneman’s captivating lecture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “cognitive traps” hinder happiness research
  • How the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self” differ
  • Why differentiating between happiness and well-being is crucial


Happiness is currently a hot research topic. Yet three “cognitive traps” hinder clear analysis of happiness. First, people apply the word “happiness” across a broad spectrum of feelings, ...
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Daniel Kahneman is a behavioral psychologist and author of the bestseller Thinking, Fast and Slow. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002.

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