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Why You Shouldn't 'Go With Your Gut'

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/the-best-headspace-for-making-decisions/500423/

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Why You Shouldn't 'Go With Your Gut'
In fact, much of Lerner's research focuses on how emotions can influence decision-making-and not always for the better. Your gut, to the extent that it reflects your feelings, might be steering you wrong. Take anger, one of the emotions Lerner and other psychologists understand best. Where fear breeds uncertainty, anger instills confidence.

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Emotions influence decision-making

Emotions influence decision-making

Listening to your gut or "just doing what feels right" may not be the best way to make a decision.

According to a series of studies where managers tried to detect an interviewee's emotions, they were able to assess the situation more accurately when they thought systematically than when they just relied on intuition.

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Anger complicates decision making

Anger is an activating emotion. It simplifies thinking. Angry people are inclined to blame people rather than society or fate. They take risks without considering the danger of those risks. They are more likely to rely on stereotypes.

Anger can put you in the game to act, but it is also important to think.

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Positive and negative moods

People with a positive mood put more faith in the length of a message rather than the quality.

Sadness promotes systematic thought. However, it can keep you busy with analyzing the options without making a decision. Sadness also makes you more impatient.

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How to make a decision

How to make a decision

Since no mood can put you in the perfect frame of mind to make decisions, you can try to keep them from influencing your thought processes.

  • Make yourself wait before you react. Reexamine the situation.
  • Try to ignore your emotions by creating a formula to guide your decision.

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Sadness as a Person

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Detached from Sadness

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