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Analyzing change in future thought with Letters from the Future

Haase, E.S. (2019) Analyzing change in future thought with Letters from the Future.

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Abstract:Background. Future thought incorporates all mental processes about the future and is an innate ability for human beings. Helpful ways of futuring such as Letters from the Future have shown to have positive effects on resilience and well-being. What is yet to understand is how these methods have the effect they have. This thesis will focus on analyzing change in futuring processes using narrative futuring characteristics as representative. Method. Five participants wrote a weekly letter over a span of four weeks and through qualitative analysis nine characteristics have been defined and coded for the letters. Results. Generally, the characteristics are stable over the period of time. Nevertheless, some individuals experienced significant change, especially in week 4 compared to the other weeks. Discussion. Some participants naturally changed in terms of narrative futuring without effort or intervention by the researchers which suggests that Letters from the Future could be used as a tool to achieve change in narrative futuring. A limitation of the study is that even the stable cases have gone through a process of change which wasn't apparent through the coding scheme. Additional methods such as interviews are proposed for a more valid and holistic picture.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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