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The Secret Powers of Time

Posted by    |    December 13th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Professor Philip Zimbardo, an American psychologist and professor at Stanford University, illustrates how our individual perspective of time can affect us in profound ways in the short film, The Secret Powers of Time. Essentially, we can choose to think in past-oriented, presented-oriented or future-oriented ways. Past-oriented thinkers choose to focus either on memories, family history and ritual or on regret and failure. Present-oriented thinkers choose to live hedonistically, in the moment or without plan because life is all up to fate. Most people tend to be future-oriented, believing in choosing work over play and resisting temptation. The purpose of schools, in Zimbardo’s opinion, is to take present-oriented “little beasts” and make them more future-oriented. (more…)