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Americans regret lack of relationships, education most


June 9, 2011 - Washington

A study has revealed that the lack of romantic relationships and higher education are regretted the most by Americans.

The researchers had telephoned a representative sample of nearly 400 Americans to ask them about what they regret.

The most frequent regrets of Americans are about love, education, and work. Romantic regret was most common as they focused on lost chances for potential romances, and relationships that did not live up to their potential.

The other common regrets for Americans involved family, education, career, finances, and parenting.

However, It was the lack of romantic relationships and the lack of higher education that were regretted most.

"We tend to regret matters that are most important to us," said Morrison, a researcher of the University of Illinois.

"People crave strong, stable social relationships and are unhappy when they lack them. Regret can be painful, but it can also be useful," said Roese of Northwestern University.

"Some people say they try to live life without regret and, I think that's being unfair to the human condition, if we try to squeeze regrets away, we're sacrificing a bit of our humanity," Roese added.

The study was published by Social Psychological and Personality Science.

ANI

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