10 most common regrets
A representative study of Americans has found the 10 most common regrets.
Recruiting 370 participants, the authors attempted to find a sample that was representative of the United States of America.
The survey's findings were weighted in accordance with the 2011 US Census.Man says Nazis were socialist, gets schooled by history writer
The study from researchers at Northwestern University was published in Social Psychological and Personality Science (2011).
Love tops the list
It found that unsurprisingly 'romance' or a 'lost love' is the most common regret.Why the Royal Family never sign autographs
This was followed by family issues, schooling, work, and money.
Romance, lost love – 18.1 per cent
Family – 15.9 per centThis is what happens when 100 Americans try to speak like the British
Education – 13.1 per cent
Career – 12.2 per cent
Finance – 9.9 per centYour sleeping pattern could be making you fatter
Parenting – 9.0 per cent
Health – 6.3 per cent
Other – 5.6 per centTo improve your brain, have more sex
Friends – 3.6 per cent
Spirituality – 2.3 per cent
One of the co-authors of the study, Professor Neal Rose, said:Surprising things guys find unattractive
We found that one’s life circumstances, such as accomplishments or shortcomings, inject considerable fuel into the fires of regret.
Although regret is painful, it is an essential component of the human experience.
Focusing on demographics and identity, the study broke down these results into some interesting findings.Secret report about the Pope’s hospital
Women tended to report romance regrets more than men, and single people tended to have more romantic regrets than people in relationships.
A previous 2005 study of regrets found education topped the list, then career, and then family.
The more highly educated participants had more regrets about their career - perhaps considering themselves too intelligent for their current role.One of the UK’s first female police officers turns 100
Some regrets are bigger than others
The study also found that regrets about 'inaction' tended to last longer than a regret about an action.
The 'what might have been' type regrets had longer effects than 'I should not have done that'.Features men can not resist
Men tended to have more action regrets than inaction regrets, but overall Americans had about half and half of each type.
They also found that regrettable situations which could still be reverse loomed largest, as opposed to regrets far in the past where there was no chance of altering the outcome.
Older participants were found to have more regrets which could not be fixed in future, and younger people had the most fixable regrets.These are 8 warning signs that your relationship is about to fail
Je ne regrette rien.