On Counterfactual Thinking

Information on Counterfactual Thinking!!!

Have you noticed Sakshi (Bronze medalist at Rio Olympics) was more happy than PV Sindhu (Silver medalist) at the end of game😳.

It’s not incidental finding but proven fact in many research after studying reactions of silver medalist vs bronze medalist!

Ideally, silver medalist should be more happy than bronze. But, human mind doesn’t work like mathematics.

This happens because of phenomenon of Counterfactual thinking – A concept in psychology in which there is human tendency to create possible alternatives to life events that already happened, that would be contrary to what happened.

Sliver medalist thinks:” Ohh 😌 I couldn’t win the gold medal”

Bronze medalist thinks: At least I got a medal😀

Silver medal is won after losing but bronze medal is won after winning…

This happens daily in our life too…


Courtesy: My friend who has done Masters in Psychology 🙂

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