The Differences Between Being Past, Present, and Future-Oriented According to Philip Zimbardo

In a talk he gave a few years ago, renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. We have different relationships with time, says Zimbardo: what we have discovered in 30 years of research there are six main time ones that people live in; two focused on the past; two on the present and two on the future. The people who focus on the past either remember all the good old times, successes, happy birthdays, nostalgia, these are the people who keep the family records, the family books, who preserve…


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