Counterfactual ThinkingPrakash Tewari
Have you noticed that a bronze medalist is generally more happy than a Silver medalist at the end of game. Its not incidental finding but proven fact in many research studies after studying reactions of silver medalists vs bronze medalists! Ideally, silver medalist should be more happy than bronze. But, human mind doesn’t work like mathematics. This happens because of phenomenon of Counterfactual thinking.
A concept in psychology in which there is human tendency to create possible alternatives to life events that have already happened, that would be contrary to what happened. Sliver medalist thinks” oh I couldn’t win the gold medal.
Bronze medalist thinks At Least I got a medal. Silver medal is won after loosing but bronze medal is won after winning. This happens Daily in our life also, we don’t appreciate what we have but feel sad with what we don’t have. You might be thrilled over a 5% raise at work until you learn that your colleague down the hall earned a 10% raise.
Let’s be grateful for our blessings, they far outweigh our problems only if we start counting.
Be grateful, don’t indulge in the What If, be contented and stay blessed forever !!!!!
Contributed by: Col. Prakash Tewari