Don’t Be Seduced by Counterfactuals

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There’s a strange lure to thoughts like “what if…?” and “if only…”. When you skip a party to stay home with a movie, it’s natural to think “what if I’m missing out on the fun?”. And when you choose the party, you might think “wow it’s noisy here — if only I’d stayed home with a movie”.

These what-if scenarios are referred to as “counterfactuals”, and most of us are obsessed with them. Research is now…

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

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Neuroscientist writing about brains, behavior, & health. Sign up for my free newsletter on the science of well-being: erman.substack.com

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