Change in feelings of regret over time: Relation to decision-making style, behavior, and coping methods

  • Ueichi Hideo
    Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Kusumi Takashi
    Department of Cognitive Psychology in Education, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University

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  • 後悔の時間的変化と対処方法―意思決定スタイルと行動選択との関連性―
  • コウカイ ノ ジカンテキ ヘンカ ト タイショ ホウホウ イシ ケッテイ スタイル ト コウドウ センタク ト ノ カンレンセイ
  • Relation to decision-making style, behavior, and coping methods
  • 意思決定スタイルと行動選択との関連性

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This study investigated the change in feelings of regret over time in relation to decision-making style, critical thinking, behavior, and coping methods with the regret. Seventy undergraduate students completed a questionnaire on critical thinking, decision-making styles, feelings of regret and the coping methods in five different situations: entrance examinations, declarations of love, skiing, career changes, and investments. Results showed the following. First, in situations which normally occur only once (i.e., entrance examinations), subjects who indicated inaction felt increased regret over time, but those who indicated action felt decreased regret. Conversely, in situations which occur regularly (i.e., declarations of love and skiing), both of those who indicated action and inaction felt decreased regret. Second, people who indicated action coped with their regret using the method of rationalization more often than those who indicated inaction. In situations which normally occur only once, analytic decision-makers tended to cope with their regret by improving their behavior more than intuitive decision-makers. Finally, critical thinkers tended to adopt an analytic style more often than an intuitive style.


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