Stranger or a clone? Future self-connectedness depends on who you ask, when you ask, and what dimension you focus on

Eirini Kapogli, Jordi Quoidbach

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Abstract

A fast-growing body of evidence suggests that people have difficulties in envisioning how their future selves will look like and behave. So, what determines that one's future self feels like a dissimilar stranger or exactly the same person? Here, we review relevant work and propose a three-factor framework in an effort to organize and highlight important findings. Our review suggests that who we are, what dimension we focus on, as well as the cognitive and affective states we are in, impact the way we envision our future self being similar or different from our current self. We conclude with remaining questions that are yet to be explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-270
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

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