Time travel machine: What advice would you give to your younger self?
01.08.2019 Author: Psychologist Pavel Khoroshutin
If there was an opportunity to go back and live our lives again, many of us would take advantage to avoid the mistakes we made.
There is a popular psychological training—”letter from the future” addressed to your younger self. This exercise helps you to realize your true Self and find your hidden reserves.
Recently, The Journal of Social Psychology published the results of a systematic study by Clemson University (USA, South Carolina) on this topic. Several hundred freelancers from the crowdsourcing platform Mechanical Turk, over the age of 30, filled out questionnaires based on E.T. Higgins’ theory of self-discrepancy.
Participants were asked:
to give 1-3 tips to their younger selves
to think about whether these tips from the future would help them
to remember an event that became a turning point in their lives
to think about how they would assess/rate themselves today regarding their youth
The theory of self-discrepancy by the American psychologist Tory Higgins explains the causes of depression, anxiety and despondency at any age. These conditions arise from the discrepancy between the desired and the actual: if a person’s hopes and ambitions are not realized, he/she may experience discomfort and anxiety.