Tattoos and The End of History Illusion

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colorful back tattooTattoos are artistic, bold, and unique. But, these are permanent, which means there are only two kinds of people who get them: those who recognise a timeless design and people too drunk to see a mistake. Fortunately, tattoo removal services exist, and the people in the latter group don’t have to worry about people commenting on their butterflies forever.

Tattoo Regret

It’s not just the people who had one too much at a wild party who become disillusioned with their ink as time goes on. According to The Face Aesthetic Clinic, around fourteen percent of adults with tattoos regret getting one. Most of these people have different reasons for their regret. Nevertheless, the most common are the tattoo’s permanence, the recipients were too young, and they just stopped liking it.

Though all three reasons for wanting to remove a tattoo are perfectly valid ones, it’s the last one that holds the most interest psychologically.

The End of Change

The end-of-history illusion is a condition wherein people think they experience significant personal growth up until that moment. But, what makes the illusion special is that while people acknowledge that their tastes and preferences change over time, they fail to recognise that those same changes will most probably continue. It’s similar to someone going up a step in a flight of stairs, thinking there aren’t any more stairs to climb.

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The people under the end-of-history illusion can’t see beyond the goal they’ve achieved, and think that they’ll be content with whatever they have forever; a figurative end of history. Fortunately, this doesn’t last long, and people get another dose of personal growth, or they become disillusioned. The only problem is that some people feel the need to record their epiphany with a tattoo.

There have been few studies or research regarding the end-of-history illusion, though the most popular hypothesis is a link to a person’s resistance to change. This makes sense, as a behavioural attribute in a person that conflicts with change may contribute to the idea that change is impossible, even though they just experienced it.

Tattoos are essentially a physical manifestation of something that will never change through time. Now, whether that’s a good or a bad thing, is up to the sole judgement of the one who bears the ink.