The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert

The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert



“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time. Hint: that’s not the case.

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June 3, 2014 / 38 Comments / by / in
  • “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” ~ Heraclitus

    10 years? stuff that I change music preferences every week.

  • Really interesting, I was just thinking at the beginning of the video how I couldn't see my ideologies and preference change from this point onwards…

  • Cause entropy

  • 6:22 "Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they are finished." 👆BRILLIANT!☝

  • Another TED talk full of bullshit, he talk about totally superficial changes, people do not change or very very little. From the age 8 pretty much everything is settled, the person you are at 8 is basically the person you will be at 60.

  • One thing he totally leaves out, but i'm sure is on his mind, is the acceleration of the aging process through life which should tend to make people change faster as they age, and in some cases this is true.

  • This makes me think of society as a whole. We are stuck in this illusion that we are so elite & more intelligent than past generations because of our magical technology & science. When in reality, we are just as ignorant & deluded as the generations who thought the earth was flat. & thus it will be for generations to come.

  • i swear.. this guy..

  • Imagine a time machine, not a time-machine to travel in time but to send message from the future back into the past, message from your future self. What message would you send into the past, beside the usual lottery numbers, stock changes and global events?

  • Very well presented.  Thank you Dan Gilbert.

  • The title of this video should be – the end of history illusion.

  • Does this talk apply to women too? Or is it just a coincidence there are no examples of women with Big Five personality traits, likes and hobbies throughout these graphs…

  • thanks you

  • Didn't know Mike from Breaking Bad was into psychology!

  • Very convincing, informative & inspiring video.

  • I came to this revelation at 14.

  • This is so true, "The only constant is that our life is changing''

  • "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."-Winston Churchill

  • how much are you saving for retirement?

  • " El cambio es el tejido de la vida "

  • the one constant thing in our life is change.wow

  • Who was expecting Cavs owner ?

  • He is talking sooooooo fastly 👎👎👎👎

  • "Human beings are work in progress that mistakenly thinks they are finished" kudos

  • I love this great speaker .

  • I really used to think i can change,at some point I really felt like another human being but at the end of the day we are the same person

  • this doesnt have so many views, but its more interesting than any popular ted talks in my opinion😆

  • the picture of a girl growing up is fascinating

  • So being ever changing is or isn't subject to change?

  • This guy knows the psychology of self? THIS guy? Lol. A more arrogant obnoxious self important self absorbed high on his own suppy person I have never encountered in my entire life. Ok, Professor Douche-Bag… Mr. PHD (piled high and deep)….. do the world a favor and SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE…. and we just love you on the Prudential commercial wearing the pretentious 1939 glasses asking how much money we have. Classy….

  • change happens because because it is encoded in our DNA, without this change, we would be as creative as calculators. Through this mechanism deterministic universe, the formation of the functional models of behavior, who say  FREE WiLL

  • Reminds of Sartre's "Existence precedes essence" idea

  • totally agree with u

  • change is inevitable…The first step is acceptance, but that doesn’t make transition easy. We can try to avoid making tough decisions, but eventually we must become mature enough to know ourselves, accept our limits, and say no.The change at the earlier age is more drastic compared to changes at old age.

  • Haha. Chris Sacca in the audience.

  • Queen – 35 years ago…. Queen – 20 years ago…… Queen Today………Something's never change.

  • This talk is in-comprehensive and is the epitome of a fault of many of these types of things. TED talks bank too much on "wacky" and "woah" narratives without giving much discussion about it. It's on the same level as racists who present violence statistics to prove their point.

  • Thank you for telling us what to do with that. Oh wait, you didn't!

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