Brains wrong

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 02:53 pm

How come all those angry Democrats didn’t move to Canada? According to happiness expert Daniel Gilbert, it’s because their brains were wrong:

His researchers at Harvard interviewed voters before and after recent U.S. elections who said they would be extremely unhappy if George W. Bush won and would likely move to Canada — but who reported after the vote that they feel just fine …

“The human brain mispredicts the sources of its own satisfaction,” Gilbert says, “and the reason is that we fail to understand how quickly we will adapt to both positive and negative events. People are consistently surprised by how quickly the abnormal becomes normal, the extraordinary becomes ordinary. When people say ‘I could never get used to that’, they are almost always wrong.”

Good news for when we’re all marching to the local soccer stadium for that week’s stonings of the rape victims.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/04/2006 at 01:44 AM
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