Report suggests we’re better at avoiding self-blame than we think
"Regrets? I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention." When Frank Sinatra crooned those lyrics in his song "My Way," he probably didn’t know that having few regrets is more like "Our Way."
Research has shown that people often expect to feel more regret when they "nearly succeed" (miss an airplane by a minute) than when they "clearly fail" (miss a flight by an hour) because they believe they will blame themselves more in the former than the latter instance. But new research has uncovered a disparity between a person’s expectation of regret and actual regret. In fact, studies show that people are remarkably good at avoiding self-blame and may be better at avoiding regret than they realize.
Daniel T. Gilbert | EurekAlert!
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