You Won???t Stay the Same, Study Finds

???Believing that we just reached the peak of our personal evolution makes us feel good,??? Dr. Quoidbach said. ???The ???I wish that I knew then what I know now??? experience might give us a sense of satisfaction and meaning, whereas realizing how transient our preferences and values are might lead us to doubt every decision and generate anxiety.???

Or maybe the explanation has more to do with mental energy: predicting the future requires more work than simply recalling the past. ???People may confuse the difficulty of imagining personal change with the unlikelihood of change itself,??? the authors wrote in Science.

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