There is a really interesting piece in 3 Quarks Daily today about the sources of regret in the lives of Americans. This blog is dedicated partly to the idea that we can make better decisions, when faced with conflict or dilemmas in what to do in our lives, and so the idea of regret is quite interesting in that context. The full piece is at:
Here is the summary graph. I suppose what’s interesting to me is how little regret people have over their own self, which in my experience is actually at the root of most regrets, but I guess that is a tiny minority perspective. And, of course, as I have previously posted, internal conflict is something we find hard to acknowledge, and is one of the main reasons we seem to fear external conflict and handle it so badly. So the low score on self-regret is not surprising.