Near/far thinking

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Near and far are two modes (or a spectrum of modes) in which we can think about things. We choose which mode to think about something in based on its distance from us, or on the level of detail we need. This property of human mind is studied in construal level theory.

NEAR: All of these bring each other more to mind FAR: All these bring each other more to mind
Here There
Now Then
Me Them
Trend-Deviating Likely Real Local Events Trend-Following Unlikely Hypothetical Global Events
Concrete Abstract
Context-Dependent Context-Freerer
Unstructured Schematic
Detailed Course
Goal-Irrelevant Incidental Features Goal-Related Features
Feasible Safe Acts Desirable Risk-Taking Acts
Secondary Local Concerns Central Global Symbolic Concerns
Socially Close Folks with Unstable Traits Socially Distant People with Stable Traits
Confident Predictions
Polarized Evaluations

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