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The privilege to have a choice

The burden of choice is also a privilege. So many people in the world would kill to have more options and the freedom of choice, yet those who get it and when they have too many choices, they feel burdened.

The burden also comes from the increased effort required to collect all relevant information to make the decision or choice. You don’t want to miss out on anything. It can be exhausting. 

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Why we avoid making difficult decisions

People are averse to making (objectively and subjectively) difficult choices because they don’t want the stress of weighing all the options or the responsibility of dealing with the eventual outcome — both, good and bad. 

It makes us not want to make hard choices and come up with all kinds of adaptive ways of avoiding them.

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  • The first thing is to recognize and be mindful of all the (sometimes unconscious) ways you might be sneakily trying to avoid tough choices.
  • Next, figure out ways of easing your decisional conflict.
  • Lastly, find support. Telling people that you’re grappling with a tough decision is helpful because it may not always be obvious.

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When faced with a difficult dilemma, we should carefully assess our options and spend a few moments consciously deliberating the information. Then, we should choose the best fit for our preferences. 

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Maximisers vs Satisficers

There are two main types of decision-makers:

  • Maximisers: They want to ensure they get the most out of their choices.
  • Satisficers: They tend to adopt a 'good enough' approach.

Each one has its benefits and drawbacks. Understanding which one you are can help improve your choices.

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