The 5 laws of psychological time

Einstein once said:

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute.
That’s relativity

This relativity causes that we, human beings, perceive clocktime in different ways.
What seems very short for one person can be an eternity for another person. That’s psychological time or experience time.


Steve Taylor has written a book ‘Making Time’ where he describes 5 laws of psychological time

  • Time goes faster when we get older
  • Time goes slower when we have new experiences and visit new environments
  • Time goes faster when our attention is totally focused
  • Time goes slower when you have nothing in your field of attention
  • Time goes slower or even stops in situations where the ‘conscious mind’ or our ego is absent

Timespiration Presentation