The Psychology of Thinking about the Future
Edited by Gabriele Oettingen, A. Timur Sevincer, and Peter M. Gollwitzer
Hardcovere-bookprint + e-book
March 30, 2018
Size: 7" x 10"
Why do people spend so much time thinking about the future, imagining scenarios that may never occur, and making (often unrealistic) predictions ? This volume brings together leading researchers from multiple psychological subdisciplines to explore the central role of future-thinking in human behavior across the lifespan. It presents cutting-edge work on the mechanisms involved in visualizing, predicting, and planning for the future. Implications are explored for such important domains as well-being and mental health, academic and job performance, ethical decision making, and financial behavior. Throughout, chapters highlight effective self-regulation strategies that help people pursue and realize their short- and long-term goals.