The Psychology of Time
Philip Zimbardo: The Psychology of Time
My Ted Talk topic was about the psychology of time and how it affects our daily live and what kind of people we are. Being a relatively short Ted Talk it was surprising how clear and concise the information was presented and how easy to understand the topic was. Basically what Philip was trying to convey is that people fall under 6 different categories on how they perceive time. Two being in the past where either you are focused on the positive experiences you have had or the negative. Two being in the present where one is hedonistic in nature focusing on yourself and the pleasures you get out of life in the moment and the other being a fatalistic approach to life. And finally the last two were focused on the future either striving for bigger and better things constantly or living life with a belief that life truly begins after you die.
It was a lot to take in in 6 minutes and 30 seconds, but was very easy to grasp. I think I fall somewhere in between the past negative and future dreaming types as I am always haunted by my past failures but I also seem to have an unhealthy outlook on the future just waiting for all my dreams to come true. It was actually a quite sobering video to watch.
Philip used a bunch of slides to convey his ideas and his topic although I’d definitely beg to differ that they were at all useful. I would have prefered to just see him talking the whole 6 minutes than to constantly cut away to very dated and antiquated looking slides with very cheesy colors and fonts. I feel like the visual aids he used almost dampered the presentation instead of enhancing it.
I don’t remember him asking any relevant questions per se but he did use humor a few times in the form of a quip about teen pregnancy or George Bush. The pacing did seem rushed as it seemed like he was talking very rapidly and out of breath. There certainly seemed to be a beginning and an end as to suggest a narrative if not lose one. I was definitely engaged as time has always been such a fascinating topic for me. It is so mind boggling to think about how we perceive time compared to other creatures on this planet, let alone other beings that could perhaps view time as a thing to travel through as in the 4th spacial dimension, no different than when we get into our cars and go to work or school. Imagine that!