Why talking to your future self matters and how to do it

“The more continuity a person shares with his future self — that is, the more that future self feels like a direct extension of who he is now — the more motivated he will be to act in ways that will benefit himself in the future. Conversely, the more the future self feels like a stranger — that is, the more disconnected a person is from his future self — the less motivated he will be to plan for the future. In the domain of financial decision making, for example, if the future self is lacking in continuity with the current self, a given individual may be inclined to spend in the present rather than save for the future”.

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