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How Your Emotions Influence Your Decisions
According to Herbert Simon, American Nobel Laureate scientist, "In order to have anything like a complete theory of human rationality, we have to understand what role emotion plays in it." As Dr. Simon and others have pointed out, emotions influence, skew or sometimes completely determine the outcome of a large number of decisions we are confronted with in a day.

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Emotions lead to feelings

Being aware of the constant dance between emotions and feelings could improve your decision-making ability.

  1. Every feeling begins with a stimulus.
  2. The stimulus leads...

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Focus on the resulting feeling

We need to understand how any particular emotion (root cause) will translate into a feeling (symptom).

The six emotions are broad categories, while the feelings are specific to describ...

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Develop a working awareness

  1. Name what you are deciding.
  2. Name all the feelings you are experiencing in connection with the decision.
  3. Identify the root cause of the feelings you are experiencing in connecti...

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It may seem like life would be easier this way, but evolution has supported the development of feeling and thinking exactly because we need them both.

Feelings handle our desires and needs now (immediate decisions when danger is imminent), while rationality is preserving our interests and wellbeing in the future (we would lose interest in anything that doesn’t provide us with instant pleasure without it).

Feelings and reason are better friends than we believe

They feed and reinforce one another. The best rational decisions take feelings into account.

If you want to go on a diet for example, the best option is not always picking the one with the smallest calorie intake, but the one that you like the most and can stick with.