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In a study by Daniel Gilbert, a psychology researcher at Harvard University, and two of his colleagues, he found that people generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize they have changed in the past.
This happens, Gilbert reports, no matter how old (or young) people are; that all people seem to believe that who they are today is essentially who they'll be tomorrow. His research proved this is not the case.
If you have an interest in reading the complete interview, it can be found at NPR.
This is interesting food for thought, and I'm interested in your views. Do you believe you'll remain in the future the person you are today? Why or why not? Can you imagine a different you in years to come? What would cause these changes?
It is my opinion that changes in "who we are" often occur because of changes forced upon us by circumstances beyond our control. These changes can be "good or bad," depending on our ability to adapt.
I believe change in our surrounding environment is inevitable, because the world does not remain static. It is a reality that nothing stays the same; time marches on. The key to remaining grounded is the ability to adjust to change, to adapt.
One thing is certain, however, in my opinion: that it's really hard to imagine a different, future version of ourselves.
Do we like ourselves the way we are now? can we imagine a different "us" in the future?