Hindsight is a function of the mind that analyses and re-assesses past experiences, re-evaluating decisions and actions in the light of present knowledge – and we often talk about something being obvious in hindsight.
Have you ever thought “I should have known better!” or “That really wasn’t the best decision I’ve made…” or “How could I have thought that was a good idea at the time?!”?
When employed as a mild slap on the wrist from our more knowledgeable selves, it can be somewhat amusing (or frustrating!) to look back at experiences we can’t change but can now see in this different light. But given how strongly our perceptions and beliefs influence our memories, there could be much more benefit from looking back in hindsight to particular moments of our past.
The Benefits of Looking Back In Hindsight
If we consider a past experience with the wisdom we currently have, it gives us the opportunity to reframe the situation, and even alter the meaning it has held for us.Continue reading