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The Darker Side of Counterfactual Thinking: An Analysis of Inaction Inertia and Gambling

Sarah C. Atchley, Hendrix College

Full paper: www.kon.org/v9/atchley2.html

Abstract The current research is a literature review of inaction inertia, which is the resulting inaction due to certain cognitive processes, specifically counterfactual thinking or looking back over one’s life to determine how events could have turned out differently if a different course of action was taken. Previous research indicates that counterfactual thinking can have negative consequences such as inaction inertia, gambling, and self-handicapping.

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