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    The perception of our emotions, and the world we live in isn’t all that it seems. Daniel Gilbert, a professor of social psychology at Harvard has an inquisitive view of the relationship between perceived happiness, and reality. In the chapter “Immune to Reality” from his book Stumbling on Happiness, Gilbert reasons that our psychological immune system causes us to be self-deceiving and as a result, causing us to have the tendency to cook the facts of situations that can affect our happiness. Moreover, we are unaware of our self-deceptive nature altogether. This viewpoint is supported and complicated by clinical psychologist Martha Stout in her book The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness who agrees that self-deception…

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    As humans, we often assume that our sole purpose in life is to be happy at all times. Consequently narratives such as our physiological system, experience and culture systems on have taken advantage of this assumption and marketed happiness to vulnerable people who desire to attain happiness. In the article, “Immune to Reality” by Daniel Gilbert, the author discusses with the readers how our psychological system markets positive thoughts during negative situations in order to make us happy.…

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    In class and through our readings we have learned a lot. Part of learning is putting the terms and ideas into tangible examples. I will be discussing spotlight effect, possible selves, planning fallacy, automatic thinking, controlled thinking, and immune neglect. “The spotlight effect means seeing ourselves at center stage…” (Myers, 2013, pg. 34). People have the tendency to think that others attention is on them, even when it is not. This happens a lot which students in middle school. They…

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    Elisha Deen Kuruppu Professor Christian Jurlando September 23rd 2015 To be free or not to be? Daniel Gilbert bases his article “Immune to reality” from his book “Stumbling on Happiness” on the study of human psychology. He believes that people suffer from “illusions of prospection” and goes on to prove most of his findings with data collected through experimental studies about certainty, happiness and freedom. Gilbert implies that if individuals didn’t have the pressure or as many choices as…

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    assume living through ordinary, repetitive day to day life. In Daniel Gilbert’s essay “Immune to Reality,” he proposes theories as to how the mind and brain work unconsciously, and why our emotions and feelings function the way they do. He disputes that every human being contains a psychological immune system which works to shield us from horrible experiences that threaten our happiness. When experiencing a traumatic event, our psychological immune systems responds by “cooking up the facts”,…

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    imagination about the future and illusions of foresight cause misconception in what makes us happy, what tomorrow will bring and what we want in actuality. Daniel Gilbert is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, therefore is able to go into the in depth of human nature and accurately describe the human ability to imagine the future and the capacity to like it when it happens. Daniel Gilbert uses the latest scientific research in psychology , cognitive neuroscience,…

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    The physical immune system protects one’s body from external sickness. Similarly, the psychological immune system protects one’s mental health from unhappiness, a form of illness. In Daniel Gilbert’s “Immune to Reality,” Gilbert discusses how the brain acquires happiness. Furthermore, he demonstrates how the brain will keep one from achieving his or her true happiness. According to Robert Thurman’s “Wisdom,” the alternative method of obtaining happiness is through selflessness. Both Gilbert and…

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    Daniel Gilbert a well-known researcher in psychological happiness, a field that has incited the attention of well refined and high-profile psychologist and researchers, as well as a lot of interested students. In the article “Immune to Reality” written by profound psychologist Daniel Gilbert, he makes a strong argument about why human beings are wrongly predicting what will make them happy. In attempt to predict what the future holds for a person; this process will rarely include future…

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    In Daniel Gilbert’s “Reporting Live from Tomorrow,” chapter eleven of Stumbling on Happiness, Gilbert discusses surrogates and how they benefit everyone. Surrogates, utilized as a part of the book, implies that an individual such as our parents, teachers, friends, counselors etc. who have gone through a personal experience and is able to tell other people on how they felt or what their experience was like. Daniel Gilbert suggest that people should base their future on the reports of surrogates,…

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    Three years ago Kent State redshirt sophomore Jimmy Hall was sitting inside of a jail cell in New York. Three years ago Hall’s basketball, and possibly his future, was over. Hall had been arrested and charged with burglary. That was the moment in Hall life when for the first time in his life when he realized that there were serious consequences for his mistakes. “We were just kids who weren’t doing the right thing,” Hall said of the situation. “We got caught up in something we weren’t…

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