Your Future Self: How To Make Tomorrow Better Today

Little, Brown Spark. Jun. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780316421256. $29. SELF-HELP
People tend to make decisions based on how they feel and what they want in the present moment, but those choices may not ultimately be the most beneficial. Here Hershfield (marketing and psychology, UCLA) posits that there is another way to think about decision-making: to raise the question of one’s future self. Although people tend to see their future selves as separate from the person they are now, Hershfield suggests that considering the future in a more thoughtful, nuanced way can help us make decisions that will be good for both versions of ourselves. The book discusses these ideas and related scholarly studies in a clear and accessible way. Readers interested in the psychology of choice may find this book particularly compelling.
VERDICT A comprehensive and mindful discussion of decision making that’s designed to benefit readers’ current and future selves. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in psychology or self-help.
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