Immune neglect: a source of durability bias in affective forecasting.

@article{Gilbert1998ImmuneNA,
  title={Immune neglect: a source of durability bias in affective forecasting.},
  author={Daniel T. Gilbert and Elizabeth C. Pinel and Timothy D. Wilson and Stephen J. Blumberg and Thalia Wheatley},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={75 3},
  pages={
          617-38
        }
}
People are generally unaware of the operation of the system of cognitive mechanisms that ameliorate their experience of negative affect (the psychological immune system), and thus they tend to overestimate the duration of their affective reactions to negative events. This tendency was demonstrated in 6 studies in which participants overestimated the duration of their affective reactions to the dissolution of a romantic relationship, the failure to achieve tenure, an electoral defeat, negative… 

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