From: Lifehacker

Harness Your Mind’s “Future Self” Bias to Make Better Decisions


We don’t stick to our resolutions and future goals because our minds don’t think of our future selves as “us.” But instead of fighting this inherent bias, you can use it and tweak it to make better long-term decisions.

Science magazine Nautilus thoroughly explains this disconnect between our perception of our current and future selves. It’s a fascinating read. Multiple tests and studies have shown that neural activity when we think of our future selves is more akin to thinking about a third person.Multiple selves is nothing new, but psychologists say that you can harness this trick your mind plays to improve yourself.

Anne Wilson, a psychologist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, says you need see your future self as a separate being and turn it into an advantage by feeling connected to it. Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, recommends building a relationship with your future self just like you would with someone you cared about

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