Unrealistic optimism about future life events
Volume: 39, Issue: 5, Pages: 806 - 820
Published: Nov 1, 1980
Two studies investigated the tendency of people to be unrealistically optimistic about future life events. In Study 1, 258 college students estimated how much their own chances of experiencing 42 events differed from the chances of their classmates. Overall, they rated their own chances to be above average for positive events and below average for negative events, ps<.001. Cognitive and motivational considerations led to predictions that degree...