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Running head: Social Psychology Stephen Mills Social Psychology PSY-379-OL Oct 2012 Written Assignment 2 1.What are the three things you regret most in your life? How do the events you named relate to counterfactual thinking? Have you ever wondered about what might have been had some past choice been different? With perhaps a little more effort, you might have been an Olympic athlete. Have you ever-regretted choices you made or actions you have taken? Maybe you should have studied harder in school to get that higher grade or traveled more to be more versed. Thinking about what might have been, about alternatives to our own pasts, is central to human thinking and emotion. Such thoughts are called counterfactual thoughts. Counterfactual thinking is thoughts about alternatives to past events, that is, thoughts of what might have been (Baron, Branscombe & Byrne 2009). One of the biggest regrets in my life would be not joining the military at 18. I waited until I was 24 to do this even though I was supposed to leave right after summer on my 18 th birthday. I did not I backed out at the last minute and said this is not for me. Needless to say I made a lot of bad choices in that span between 18-24 that could have been avoided had I stuck with it. But because I waited until I was 24 to join I was much more mature and ready for this. I also ended up meeting the love of my life 2 years after 1
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Running head: Social Psychology being in and we have two kids now. So I cannot say that waiting to join made my life
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