1. What might have been: the benefits of counter-factual thinking



Thinking about how things could have gone differently helps people make sense of their lives. 

One of the mind’s great talents is to simulate events that haven’t happened. Projected into the future, our imaginative power helps us plan everything from our weekends to the construction of our homes and cities. 
But when our minds turn towards the past, our ability to simulate alternative realities seems less useful. What use is it to imagine how things could have been? Do we not learn more from our pasts by analysing the reasons for either success of failure?
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    What might have been: the benefits of counter-factual thinking

    Thinking about how things could have gone differently helps people make sense of their lives. 

    One of the mind’s great talents is to simulate events that haven’t happened. Projected into the future, our imaginative power helps us plan everything from our weekends to the construction of our homes and cities. 

    But when our minds turn towards the past, our ability to simulate alternative realities seems less useful. What use is it to imagine how things could have been? Do we not learn more from our pasts by analysing the reasons for either success of failure?

    Head to PsyBlog to read the rest

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