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The Psychology of Your Future Self: Dan Gilbert (Full Transcript)

Most of us can remember who we were 10 years ago, but we find it hard to imagine who we’re going to be. And then we mistakenly think that because it’s hard to imagine, it’s not likely to happen.

Sorry, when people say “I can’t imagine that,” they’re usually talking about their own lack of imagination, and not about the unlikelihood of the event that they’re describing.

The bottom line is, time is a powerful force. It transforms our preferences. It reshapes our values. It alters our personalities. We seem to appreciate this fact, but only in retrospect.

Only when we look backwards do we realize how much change happens in a decade. It’s as if, for most of us, the present is a magic time. It’s a watershed on the timeline. It’s the moment at which we finally become ourselves.

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been.

The one constant in our life is change.

Thank you.


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Dan Gilbert on The Surprising Science of Happiness at TED (Full Transcript)

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