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(p. 1) Thinking about the future 

(p. 1) Thinking about the future
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(p. 1) Thinking about the future
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Andrew MacLeod

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725046.003.0001
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date: 17 November 2017

The ability to think about the future has been fundamental to human evolutionary success, as well as to our everyday functioning. But, it also plays a key role in our emotional well-being and mental health. The growing recognition of the importance of prospection is shown by the burgeoning literature on the topic, including an expanding literature relating to well-being and mental health. This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the importance of prospection, its relative neglect in the psychological literature and the recent blossoming of interest in the area. The chapter concludes with an overview of the material covered in the remainder of the book.

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