Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Which error causes more regret?

(I guess “just do it!” is the right approach….)

Excerpt from Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – page 196/197:

“Which error causes more regret?

Studies show that about 9 out of 10 people expect to feel more regret when
they foolishly switch stocks than when they foolishly fail to switch stocks,
because most people think they will regret foolish actions more than foolish
inactions. But studies also show that 9 out of 10 people are wrong.
Indeed, in the long run, people of every age and in every walk of life seem to
regret not having done things much more than they regret things they did,
which is why the most popular regrets include not going to college, not
grasping profitable business opportunities and not spending enough time
with family and friends.”


September 11, 2008 - Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | ,

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