Time perspective theory is the idea that our perceptions of time influence our emotions, perceptions, and actions.
Most time perspective models break down our time perspectives into chronological categories such as:
Zimbardo's approach further breaks these time perspectives down into five perspectives:
In addition, Zimbardo proposes a separate Transcendental time perspective which relates to looking beyond one's individual lifetime.
Carelli et al. (2011) argued for the splitting Future into-Positive and Future-Negative, to create six time perspective factors.
- Time management
- Time perception (Wikipedia)
- Time perspective - ZTPI (Motivation and emotion tutorial)
- Time perspective and emotion: How does time perspective affect emotion? (Book chapter, 2013)
- Time perspective and happiness: What is the relationship between time perspective and happiness? (Book chapter, 2016)
This section lists some references to peer-reviewed literature and books about the psychology of time perspective.
Orosz, G., Dombi, E., Tóth-Király, I., & Roland-Lévy. The less is more: The 17-Item Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. Current Psychology, 36, 39–47. doi:10.1007/s12144-015-9382-2
Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Bowerman, T. (2013). Validating a brief measure of the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. Time & Society, 22, 391-409.
Zimbardo, P. G., & Boyd, J. N. (1999). Putting time in perspective: A valid, reliable individual-differences metric. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 1271-1288.
Zimbardo, P. G. & Boyd, J. N. (2009). The time paradox: Using the new psychology of time to your advantage. New York, NY: Free Press.
Zimbardo, P. G., Sword, R., Sword, S. (2012). The time cure: Overcoming PTSD with the new psychology of Time Perspective Therapy. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
- The time paradox: The new psychology of time that will change your life
- Time Perspective Theory (simpleeconomist)
- What's your time perspective (psychcentral)