TED十佳演讲之败中求胜 不要一悔再悔(04)


So let's start off by defining some terms. What is regret?


Regret is the emotion we experience when we think that our present situation could be better or happier if we had done something different in the past.


So in other words, regret requires two things. It requires, first of all, agency-we had to make a decision in the first place.


And second of all, it requires imagination.


We need to be able to imagine going back and making a different choice, and then we need to be able to kind of spool this imaginary record forward and imagine how things would be playing out in our present.


And in fact, the more we have of either of these things-the more agency and the more imagination with respect to a given regret, the more acute that regret will be.


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