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When declinism clouds our judgement

Illusions created by rosy retrospection can change our memories in ways that affect our current decisions.

  • Declinism can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Constantly worrying about decline can be a good way to ensure it.
  • A rosy outlook on the past can cause us to ignore past errors and not learn from them. Combined with declinism, it may lead to repeating the same mistakes.

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The history of declinism

  • Writer Jemina Lewis described memory bias as an emotional strategy, where we cling to the past when the present seems extremely bleak.
  • In the late 1700s, Edward Gibbons, an English historian and writer, published The History of the Decline and ...

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Declinism

Declinism

The belief that societies continue to decline is often linked with rosy retrospection - believing that the past was better and the future more negative.

Declinism can cloud your judgement and steer you toward bad decisions.

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How to avoid the trap of declinism

  • Beware of rosy retrospection. Keep in mind how biased our memories are. If the past experience is part of a present decision, consider discussing your memory with colleagues or friends.
  • Practice calculated optimism. Instead of predicting a dim futu...

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