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The Secret Powers of Time

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How do you value your time? Do you find yourself wishing you had an extra day in a week? In this wonderfully animated video (10 min), Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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According to Professor Philip Zimbardo the six main “time zones” people inhabit are the following:

Past positive: people that focus on happy memories

Past negative: people that focus on regret

Present hedonistic: people that live in the moment and constantly pursue pleasure

Present fatalistic: people that never plan because what’s the point

Future focused: people that prioritize work over play and always plan ahead

Future transcendent: people that believe true eternal life begins only after the death of the mortal body

Are you past negative or positive, present hedonistic or future orientated? He argues whole countries, cities and populations can be ranked by these criteria’s.

Watch the full length (41 min) RSA talk here. And here are links to the mentioned “Marshmallow Experiment”: Kids Marshmallow Experiment (Funny) and The Marshmallow Experiment & Time explained by Professor Philip Zimbardo.

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