[Psychology 2035A/B] - Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes fot the exam (85 pages long!)

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Modern technology has provided us with countless time-saving devices: most of us still complain about not having enough time. The range of life choices available to people in modern societies has increased exponentially in recent decades: although increased choice sounds attractive, recent research suggests that an overabundance of choices has unexpected costs -> choice overload. Modern technology has gradually provided us with unprecedented control over the world around us: unfortunately, modern technology has also had a devastating negative impact on our environment. All these contradictions reflect an overall theme: the technological advances of the past century, impressive though they may be, have not led to perceptible improvement in our collective health and happiness. The paradox of progress essentially is the idea that our lives and our sense of personal fulfillment have declined rather than increased. We live in a world where the constant change causes anxiety, which we try to alleviate by searching for direction.