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If only : how to turn regret into opportunity

Author: Neal J Roese
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this book, Roese shows us that thoughts about what might have been are practically unavoidable. In fact, they are produced spontaneously by the brain with a very practical goal--to guide us toward improvement. But the same thoughts can bring the pain of regret. The message of this book is that we can manage our regret style to maximize the gain and minimize the pain. Pointing out that you're more likely to regret  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neal J Roese
ISBN: 0767915771 9780767915779
OCLC Number: 55108941
Description: x, 243 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: How counterfactuals work. Benchmarking reality ; How regret saves us ; Where do counterfactuals come from? ; The dark side of "if only" --
Putting counterfactuals to work for you. How best to buy ; Let me entertain you ; Making meaning ; Harnessing regret.
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In this book, Roese shows us that thoughts about what might have been are practically unavoidable. In fact, they are produced spontaneously by the brain with a very practical goal--to guide us toward improvement. But the same thoughts can bring the pain of regret. The message of this book is that we can manage our regret style to maximize the gain and minimize the pain. Pointing out that you're more likely to regret things you didn't do than things you did, he lists the biggest traps, pitfalls, and mistakes into which people blunder, and concludes that our brains produce the most "if only" thoughts about things we can still change. So consider regret as a signal flashing: It's not too late!--From publisher description.

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