Nathalie Jonsson

Science Writer 

How to make better decisions? Get to know your future self

How do you change what people do and how they behave? More importantly, how can you persuade people to make decisions that will serve them better in the future?

One theory is explored in the article Why we procrastinate published in the online version of Nautilus.

In the article, assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Hal Hershfield explains that: “It’s kind of a weird notion,”…”On a psychological and emotional level, we really consider that future self as if it’s another person.”

It also hypothesises that: …procrastination or irresponsibility can derive from a poor connection to your future self, strengthening this connection may prove to be an effective remedy.

And sure, psychologist Anne Wilson at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada confirms that: “Using a longer timeline makes people feel more connected to their future selves.”

To test this theory, watch the following video and see if you would do anything differently for your future self.

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