Specialness Spirals and How Much You Will (and Have) Changed (1000th Episode!)

Learn about saving something for an occasion that never comes; and how much you've changed in the past vs. the future. Plus: Cody and Ashley celebrate Curiosity Daily's 1,000th episode!

November 03, 2021

Join Cody and Ashley for a special live stream celebrating Curiosity Daily's 1,000th episode on Wednesday, Nov. 3! Register for free.

"Specialness spirals" could explain why we save some items for a special occasion that never comes by Steffie Drucker

  • Rifkin, J. (2021, September 22). Psychological "specialness spirals" can make ordinary items feel like treasures — and may explain how clutter accumulates. The Conversation.
  • How Nonconsumption Can Turn Ordinary Items into Perceived Treasures | Journal of the Association for Consumer Research: Vol 6, No 3. (2021). Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

You probably think you've changed more in the past than you will in the future, but, well … by Steffie Drucker

  • We Think We've Changed More In The Past Than We Will Change In The Future — And Americans Seem Particularly Susceptible To This Illusion. (2021, September 21). Research Digest.
  • Haas, B. W., & Omura, K. (2021). Cultural Differences in Susceptibility to the End of History Illusion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 014616722110368.
  • Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be (Published 2013). (2021). The New York Times.
  • Bence Nanay. (2018). The “End of History” Illusion. Ted.com; TED Talks.
  • Gilbert, D. (2012). The psychology of your future self. Ted.com; TED Talks.

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