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Relative regret (2) Tue, Sep 25, 2007
I think I do certain things because I'd regret not doing them more than I regret actually doing them. 

The perfect example is grad school.  I can't put into words how much I hate school and learning.  I can't wait until I can sit around and bask in my stupidity, without even a thought as to when the next assignment is due or how I'll find time to do it.  But at the same time, I know that if I didn't get my graduate degree (which is provided freely and conveniently by my employer), I'd regret it even more. 

Getting graduate degree:  Regret level = 6/10
Not getting graduate degree:  Regret level = 8/10
8 > 6 → get graduate degree

When things are broken down into numbers, they make much more sense to me. #psychology

Comments:
Rus Wed, Sep 26, 2007
Good points!  What's puzzling is that I work in academe, and I wonder why there are graduate students here that seem to not understand that 8 is greater than 6.  Perhaps their parents just told them they HAD to go to Grad school.  Or was it their spouses?

Dave Wed, Sep 26, 2007
Or was it their lack of employment?


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