The End of History Illusion

If you think you’re done changing as a person, then consider reading this.

Almost everyone anticipates some measure of vertical growth for themselves (whether it be spiritual, financial, or career). But not as widely expected is horizontal growth: total overhauls of how we act w.r.t. things like personality, attitude, mannerisms, etc.

From the original article published in Science:

People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives. This “end of history illusion” had practical consequences, leading people to overpay for future opportunities to indulge their current preferences.


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