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Future Selves

how we sense ourselves in the future

images, thoughts, feelings, and senses a person has about themselves in the future.

Future Selves

Future Selves is primarily based on the concept of “possible selves” – images, thoughts, feelings, and senses a person has about themselves in the future.

Personalised life goals, the ability to act on them and influence the environment, good social support and relationships with others, and satisfaction with oneself are strong predictors of well-being.

In many circumstances, these characteristics imply change and transition in life. They are the consequences of goals and of influencing the environment. In turn, these are themselves characteristics of well-being.

Podium Future Selves - Person looking through fingers

Future Selves fits a wide range of interventions from counselling to career development, and case management to education and training.

Life goals shape our "future selves": how we sense ourselves in the future.


  • Career Interests and Preferences


  • On-screen or via Email Invitation


  • Varies based on what is being measured

When to use

  • Counselling
  • Career Development
  • Case Management
  • Education and Training

About Future Selves

FutureSelves builds engagement, depth, and a solution focus. It integrates career issues with those hard issues counsellors so often have to deal with such as lifestyle choices and personal beliefs about the self.

It draws from a wide variety of psychological approaches, the four most prominent being:

Modern Self-theory: Possible selves are in the future. They are directly tied to motivation because they represent personal goals to pursue and avoid.

Ergonomics: The graphs provide a tremendous amount of item-level detail that is comprehensible and manageable.

Cognitive Science: The programme uses goal setting and reflects the importance of self-regulation.

Social Psychology: It recognises the importance of relationships in maintaining goal adherence, and that group dynamics affect performance and goals.

looking into the future


  • Results are designed to portray complicated information in a simple way.
  • Offers a wider range of possibilities to work with than other diagnostic tools.
  • Identifies clients’ barriers and prompts people to think hard about themselves as individuals and across time.
  • Facilitates engaging and dynamic discussion and insight.
  • Counsellors rate FutureSelves as better at dealing with whole-of-life issues, motivation, balance, and tradeoffs with different parts of life.
  • High concurrent validity with self-esteem, optimism/pessimism, and life satisfaction.

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