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).
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Decision making is a complex process, that engages both reasoning and emotions. Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.
Still, we often tend to highlight the negative role of emotions in decision making.
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.
The act of increasing the psychological distance from your own subjective perspective when assessing events that you experience.
Is an external perspective that you can use when thinking about an event that you’ve experienced, where the self who is analyzing the event is considered to be distinct from the self who experienced it.
Emotions and intuition are not fallible tools that always need to be ignored or even corrected by rational faculties,.
Intuition is the result of a lot of processing that happens in the brain but has not yet reached your conscious awareness.
Our emotions are obsessed with the present moment because it’s difficult to look past our immediate fears and anxieties. And this prevents good decision-making.
The sweet spot in decision-making is to find the short-term failures that enable huge long-term successes to happen in the first place.
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