Ramblings & ephemera

Getting over it

From Malcolm Gladwell’s "Getting Over It", in The New Yorker (8 November 2004):

We suffer from what Wilson and Gilbert call an impact bias: we always assume that our emotional states will last much longer than they do. We forget that other experiences will compete for our attention and emotions. We forget that out psychological immune system will kick in and rake away the sting of adversity.

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