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Socioemotional Selectivity Theory

Socioemotional Selectivity Theory

Socioemotional Selectivity Theory focuses on the positive benefits of ageing. The theory is based on the notion that humans modify their goals as they get older because of their unique ability to understand and perceive time.

When people are younger, they view time as an open-ended entity. They prioritize goals based on the future, such as travelling or getting a graduate degree.

However, when we grow older, we begin to see time as a limitation. Our goals tend to become much more focused on emotional gratification and the present day. Thus, older people seek out more meaningful experiences.

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