Future Orientation: A Conceptual Framework

  • Rachel Seginer
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

To paraphrase the dialogue between Alice and the Cat, it is their constructed image of the future that directs individuals when each of them – like Alice – ponders “which way I ought to go from here?” And it is the “where you want to get to” that guides their behavior, but not all of it. Because, just as future orientation is about where one wants to get and the ways she or he ought to go, it is also about destinations one fears to reach and routes she or he should avoid. Moreover, as research reported in this and subsequent chapters shows not all future thinking is goal directing; some of it – like Alice’s “-so long as I get somewhere” – consists of future images that do not aim at or lead to specific plans, goals, or hopes.


Time Perspective Future Orientation Achievement Motivation Goal Approach Future Time Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Seginer
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  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael

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