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Fantasizing About Your Dream Vacation Could Lead to Poor Decision-Making

Thursday, May 31, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Munoz
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Ellis Beach resort,  Damian Keeghan, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Summer vacation time is upon us. If you have been saving up for your dream vacation for years, you may want to make sure your dream spot is still the best place to go. A new study has found that when we fantasize about such trips before they are possible, we tend to overlook the negatives – thus influencing our decision-making down the line.

"We were interested in the effects of positive fantasies – what happens when people imagine an idealized, best-case-scenario version of the future, compared to when they imagine a less idealized version,” says Heather Kappes of New York University, author of the study published online this week in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Read the full press release


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