How to Make Plans in a Time of Uncertainty

The pandemic has forced us all to challenge what we know about our future.

In psychoanalytic thinking, how we hold on to the stories of our past informs our understanding of the present. Logicians call it heuristics, mathematicians call it Bayesian inference — but however one chooses to frame it, we all have a “future structure” embedded in our minds. Our past experiences set the scaffolding for our imagined future: what our relationships, our career goals, and our long-term lives will look like.

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