Time Perspective is psychology’s newest look into how people perceive time. It is generally characterized into five groups: Past positive, past negative, present hedonistic, present fatalistic, and future. Researchers from all over the world are investigating time perspective to find how people can live healthier, happier lives. My mentor and Yale University adjunct professor, Lening Olivera-Figueroa, is using time perspective research to help military veterans cope with stress.
“Es posible que los puertorriquenos de la Isla manifiesten mas estres que los inmigrantes,” said Olivera-Figueroa
“It is possible that the puertoricans of the island manifest (have) more stress than the immigrants,” said Olivera-Figueroa
Lening’s most recent article was just published in Puerto Rico’s most popular newspaper, El Nuevo Dia, or “the new day.” His study is the first to be done of its kind. While the article is in spanish, the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation supports time perspective as an meaningful part of cognitive and behavioral psychology.
I think it is important to learn as much as possible the correlations between point of view (beliefs) and results (actions). From studying patterns, we can learn about trends and outcomes of living in a certain paradigm, here seen as time perspective. Time perspective research is helping us make informed decisions about life, in regards to stress and coping, with the ultimate goal of happiness.