Intermission: The Secret Powers of Time

This video of Philip Zimbardo's discussion of various "time zones" and "time perspectives" draws upon A Geography of Time and is masterfully drawn by RSAnimate. A person's "time perspective" shapes his or her world view.


It's ten minutes long, but absolutely worth watching. The six time zones people inhabit are the following: past positive (meaning they focus on happy memories), past negative (meaning they focus on regret), present hedonistic (meaning they live in the moment and constantly pursue pleasure), present fatalistic (meaning they never plan because what's the point), future focused (meaning they prioritize work over play and always plan ahead), and future transcendent (meaning they believe true eternal life begins only after mortal death).

Which time perspective do you inhabit?

ViaThe Daily Dish