Personal Time Zones

In a fascinating talk by Philip Zimbardo, he discusses how different people, cultures, and geographical places have different personal time zones.  Through this, it explains why people get into conflicts and how we all view the world:

For clarification, Zimbardo says there are six different time zones:

  • Past positive: focus is on the “good old days”, past successes, nostalgia, etc.
  • Past negative: focus on failures and the things that went wrong
  • Present Hedonistic: focus on pleasures right here right now, living in the moment and avoid pain
  • Present fatalism: the present situation cannot be changed because of outside forces, “it doesn’t pay to plan”
  • Future: focusing on working and learning now to get a good future
  • Transcendental future: life truly begins after death

Find out which time zone you’re in by taking this survey.

Apparently, I’m about 49% past-negative, about 2% past-positive, 50% present hedonism, about 92% present fatalism, and about 24% future oriented.  I didn’t get anything on transcendental future so I’m assuming 0%

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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1 Response to Personal Time Zones

  1. thekillerj says:

    Past neg: 10%
    Past pos: 90%
    Present Fatalism: 10%
    Present Hedonism: 84%
    Future: 84%
    Transcendental: 50%

    I have no idea what this amounts too, other than that I’m all over the place. I thought it was interesting how high my hedonism and future were. Maybe this is why I have it together for the most part (successful job, education, relationship, friends, etc.) but still get shitfaced, and fight for a hobby.

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