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What we regret most . . . and why

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dc.contributor.author Summerville, Amy en_US
dc.contributor.author Roese, Neal J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T20:36:55Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T20:36:55Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-07 en_US
dc.identifier.citation PSPB, Vol. 31 No. 9, September 2005 1273-1285 en_US
dc.identifier.uri
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.MIA/4408 en_US
dc.description.abstract Which domains in life produce the greatest potential for regret, and what features of those life domains explain why? Using archival and laboratory evidence, the authors show that greater perceived opportunity within life domains evokes more intense regret. This pattern is consistent with previous publications demonstrating greater regret stemming from high rather than low opportunity or choice. A meta-analysis of 11 regret ranking studies revealed that the top six biggest regrets in life center on (in descending order) education, career, romance, parenting, the self, and leisure. Study Set 2 provided new laboratory evidence that directly linked the regret ranking to perceived opportunity. Study Set 3 ruled out an alternative interpretation involving framing effects. Overall, these findings show that people’s biggest regrets are a reflection of where in life they see their largest opportunities; that is, where they see tangible prospects for change, growth, and renewal. en_US
dc.subject regret en_US
dc.subject counterfactual en_US
dc.subject cognitive dissonance en_US
dc.subject decision making en_US
dc.subject emotion en_US
dc.title What we regret most . . . and why en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.date.published 2005-09 en_US
dc.type.genre Article en_US


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