Daniel Kaheman on Happiness


Daniel Kaheman (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2002) presents both the ‘remembering self’ and the ‘experiencing self’ in the 20minute video below, in the context of how we talk about happiness and being happy.

The Selves & Happiness

Consider memories your ‘remembering self’ has in your archive about happiness, the events; people; dreams; imaginings; sensations and environments that made you happy.  Come back to the present moment and what your ‘experiencing self’ is experiencing right now…..you could be in the depths of physical pain, depression or just occupied washing the dishes or doing a report.  If I were to ask you if you are a happy person, which self do you think might answer that question, is it the ‘experiencing self’ or the ‘remembering self’? It’s not as easy as you thought to answer that question as there are many selves and it could be your ‘reflective self’ answering the question?  Have a listen and if you enjoy that try reading his book ‘Thinking, fast and slow’ New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Possible Self (TPS)

It is your possible self that chooses to come to The Possible Self (TPS) workshop. There your ‘experiencing self’ directs you through a life-mapping process to engage with the ‘remembering self’ to see and come to know your life story to-date in a visual way. You  engage with all your selves in a TPS workshop to understand, accept, respect and celebrate your life story in the present and or past and consoder your possibilities for your next day, act or chapter.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”  Socrates



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