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Dan Gilbert:
The psychology of your future self

TED2014 · 6:49 · Filmed Mar 2014
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Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self
6:49 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 36 languages

"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.

Psychologist; happiness expert
Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness. Full bio
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