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Four Benefits of Counterfactual Thinking

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Four Benefits of Counterfactual Thinking
Three days ago my husband was told he didn't get the promotion he wanted and had almost been promised by his boss. He has been angry (and sad and frustrated and

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Counterfactual Thinking

Counterfactual Thinking

Thinking in a counterfactual way is a non-mainstream mode of thinking about the alternatives of a present situation or turn of events.

It means imagining possible alternatives to events that have already happened; something that is contrary to what really occurred.

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Benefits of Counterfactual Thinking

  • Counterfactual thinking makes us look at the events from multiple angles, making us mentally experience it from a different spectrum.
  • Thinking with a counterfactual bend of mind boosts creativity in solving future challenges.
  • It helps the thinker store important information that could impact the analysis and solutions of future events.
  • A non-linear, non-mainstream way of thinking avoids the usual pitfalls of anger, anxiety, fear and grief when things go wrong. This sort of action-oriented approach comes with a positive bend of mind and a desire to do something, instead of getting stuck in an endless loop of worry and anxiety.

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