13.Slides - The process of transforming reality In science literature and folklore people are famous for making the best of bad situations

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“In science, literature, and folklore, people are famous for making the best of bad situations, remembering their successes and overlooking their excesses, trumpeting their triumphs and excusing their mistakes, milking their glories and rationalizing their failures-- all of which allows them to remain relatively pleased with themselves despite all good evidence to the contrary. Psychologists from Freud to Festinger have described the artful methods by which the human mind ignores, augments, transforms and rearranges information in its unending battle against the affective consequences of negative events.” Gilbert et al. (1998) The process of transforming reality. ..
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In sum… Mispredictions partially due to focalism and immune neglect Big decisions are often based on how we think we’ll feel We overestimate how long we’ll feel good or bad after something happens Realizing this can help us make more accurate predictions and better decisions
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Happiness/Well-being Time magazine poll (12/2004)
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2010 for the course SOP 3004 taught by Professor Champers during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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13.Slides - The process of transforming reality In science literature and folklore people are famous for making the best of bad situations

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