Unrealistic optimism about future life events

  title={Unrealistic optimism about future life events},
  author={N. Weinstein},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • N. Weinstein
  • Published 1980
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Two studies investigated the tendency of people to be unrealistically optimistic about future life events. In Study 1, 258 college students estimated how much their own chances of experiencing 42 events differed from the chances of their classmates. Overall, they rated their own chances to be above average for positive events and below average for negative events, ps<.001. Cognitive and motivational considerations led to predictions that degree of desirability, perceived probability, personal… CONTINUE READING
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