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No wonder we all must have been haunted by the fantasy of "what if", having the expectation that we might have had better. May it be a better job, a better house or a better achievement.
With not less than one day left in the Rio Olympics 2016, where every player would be competing for a medal or a medal ranked higher than another medal, I think we all would like to know the psychology of the participants.
The research seems to have a scientific reason behind it as per Hamlet's famous line ,"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
Whom should we feel sorry for? For the silver medalist or for the one who didn't even win a medal?
The reason behind these facial expressions could be better explained by the "counterfactual thinking."
The silver medalist looks more depressed because of his incapability to achieve the gold medal and on the other hand, bronze medalist looks happier because he could have been returning home even without a medal.
Counterfactual Thinking is also considered to be inspirational since it leaves the silver medalist unsatisfactory, motivating for the gold medal.
This type of psychology may generate in any person competing at any level of competition and not just in Olympics, but I think what matters is at least you had the chance to participate and represent yourself.
But here's how you can make use of Counterfactual Thinking (according to psychologytoday.com):
1) Maximize your happiness.
2) Motivate yourself to act and change.
3) Give meaning to life events.
4) Improve your analytical thinking.
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So let's just keep the fear of "who will win" aside and enjoy the Olympics since it happens once in four years.
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