Self-Distancing: What It Is and How You Can Use It to Make Better Decisions
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The act of increasing the psychological distance from your own subjective perspective when assessing events that you experience.
Is an external perspective that you can use when thinking about an event that you’ve experienced, where the self who is analyzing the event is considered to be distinct from the self who experienced it.
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