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Your 2023 self could really surprise you

It’s a classic exercise at the start of a new year: We reflect back on just how much we have changed. We are more mature, more patient, less impulsive, we may tell ourselves.

But when it comes to projecting forward, to imagining our future selves, most of us find it hard to believe we will change much. We’ll always have the same personality traits, values, best friends, and favorite things.

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