Future Time Perspective and Motivation

Willy Lens, Rachel Seginer

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    In this article we discuss future time perspective (FTP) and future orientation (FO) as two cognitive-motivational conceptualizations of future thinking. We first delineate each conceptualization and conclude by highlighting some of its commonalities and differences. We then summarize research on the motivational antecedents and consequences of FTP and FO. Finally we relate our research to three issues: Why is it that not all future thinking prompt behavior? Does culture (as well as other aspects of the social milieu) matter? How can our research findings be implemented to improve individuals' prospects?.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
    ISBN (Print)9780080970868
    StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015

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    • Academic achievement
    • Achieved identity
    • Autonomous motivation
    • Controlled motivation
    • Delay of gratification
    • Future life domain
    • Future orientation
    • Future thinking
    • Future time perspective
    • Goal setting
    • Motivation
    • Perceived instrumentality
    • Psychological distance
    • Resilience

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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