Managing attention to the self and nonself
By default, we operate from the perspective of the self, and tend to focus on self-relevant information. But why do some people focus on more or less self-relevant information than others? How does this perspective and focus impact how we see ourselves, others, and subsequently interact with the world around us? And importantly, what happens if we are able to shift focus away from the self?
I’m fascinated by the idea that the information—whether relevant or not to the self—on which we focus and use to construct our experience might have real consequences for our beliefs, interactions, motivations, and goal pursuit.