[Discussion] Miswanting

chr_lecuyer at vivaldi.net chr_lecuyer at vivaldi.net
Wed Dec 1 16:41:16 EST 2021

Allô, Anne-Marie.

J'espère qu'il n'est pas trop tard pour te répondre.

La section "buzzwords" du Dictionnaire MacMillan donne, je crois,
du contexte intéressant à :

Je retiens que c'est un mot à la mode issu de recherches en psycho.

Ton "vouloir à tort" me semble proche. Le français a déjà les 
"espoir deçu", "attentes déçues"; peut-être jongler avec ça.

Bon courage !


Le 2021-11-22 14:54, Anne-Marie Mesa a écrit :
> Rebonjour,
> Après les papillons, me voici dans un texte sur le consentement
> éclairé.
> J'ai de la difficulté à rendre « miswanting ». J'ai pensé à
> désir/souhait erroné, mais cela ne convient pas. J'ai aussi pensé
> à « vouloir à tort », mais ça se décline mal. Je suis à court
> d'idées.
> Errors in affective forecasting may lead to what Gilbert and Wilson
> have dubbed _miswanting_[24]. As they put it: “much unhappiness has
> less to do with not getting what we want, and more to do with not
> wanting what we like”. Miswanting highlights issues regarding the
> objectives of medical decision making and informed consent. For
> example, when faced with the possibility of having a colostomy, most
> people are willing to trade away many years of life for a shorter life
> without a colostomy — whereas those actually living with a colostomy
> have a much less negative view of their quality of life[25]. Even more
> surprisingly, patients whose colostomy has been since removed share a
> similar view with those who have never had the intervention,
> suggesting that the former have somehow “forgotten” how not-so-bad
> it had been to live with a colostomy[25]. Indeed, much evidence
> supports how unreliable our memories may be and how this may also
> contribute to miswanting: when we recollect a past experience, we tend
> to focus on certain elements (e.g., worst pain, physical limitation)
> while overlooking its overall impact on well-being[26-28]. Current
> models of informed consent tend to ignore issues of miswanting, as it
> seemingly undermines the core principle of auto-determination. Yet, by
> acknowledging the associated costs on well-being, these insights
> indicate how valuable it may be to integrate considerations of
> miswanting in consent discussions with patients.
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