Daniel Gilbert: Change is possible!
Here is a short TED video from Daniel Gilbert. It explains how we think about the change in ourselves. We look into the past and see that change happens, but looking into the future we think about ourselves as finished products.
The key takeaway from this video is that we change. And… If change happens I would suggest that we can steer it! Maybe we are not able to to steer it in a completely predictable way, but we can make decisions that move us in the direction we prefer. So in light of this research:
Make a decision, who you want to be and start steering!
“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Daniel Gilbert shares 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.
Daniel Gilbert is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases such as the impact bias.
He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books.