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BY: LINDSAY BELLINGER — The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. The presence of choice might be appealing in theory, but in reality, people are faced with the imminent fact that more and more choice is actually debilitating. Too Many Choices: A Problem Paralyzes. More choices do not give you more freedom. It decrease freedom since we end up spending so much time trying to make choices. When people have too many choices they make bad choices.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less


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When people have too many options they make bad/wrong decisions. It’s easy to make good decisions when there are not as many options.

Options are the things and choices are our decision. Options are fixed and choices aren’t. In other words, option is a noun for a thing and choice is a noun for your decision. When people have too many choices, they make bad choices. The only bad thing about being fortunate enough to have so many options is the fear of making the wrong choice, and the highest propensity that it’s inevitable the wrong choice will be made. You are free to choose, but you are NOT FREE from the from the consequence of your choice. Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is THE ONE that is going to help you grow.

Autonomy and Freedom of choice are critical to our well being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, though modern Americans have more choice than any group of people ever has before, and thus, presumably, more freedom and autonomy, we don’t seem to be benefiting from it psychologically.

– Choice and Happiness.
– Freedom or Commitment.
– Missed Opportunities.
– & More…,

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

When people are faced with having to choose one option out of many desirable choices, they will begin to consider hypothetical trade-offs. Their options are evaluated in terms of missed opportunities instead of the opportunity’s potential. One of the downsides of making trade-offs is it alters how we feel about the decisions we face; after wards, it affects the level of satisfaction we experience from our decision. While psychologists have known for years about the harmful effects of poor decision making, recent evidence showing how positive emotion has the opposite effect: in general, subjects are inclined toward possibilities when they are feeling happy. 

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret. Whether were buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401K, everyday decisions have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. In The Paradox of Choice, why too much of a good thing has proven detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, how a culture that thrives on the availability of constantly evolving options can also foster profound dissatisfaction and self-blame in individuals, which can lead to a paralysis in decision making and, in some cases, depression. With the latest studies on how we make choices in our personal and professional lives, offer practical advice on how to focus on the right choices, and how to derive greater satisfaction from choices that we do make.

Beware of destination addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness and a next better thing is always around the corner, in the next place, the next job, or with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, or that you are delusional enough to think that you are forever guaranteed the capability of always landing ‘better’ it will never be where you are, and you will never see that day come. (Nothing in this entire World stays the same. It either gets worse or better. Time does not stand still. Today is the youngest you will ever be). The problem is you think you have time. Time waits for nobody. 

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

The more choices you have, the less satisfied you are with any particular one. If you strongly dislike a trait in someone else or are critical of something, you’re probably that way yourself. The perfect ones are always flawed. If you only date people that look good on the outside, you’ll end up in a relationship that only looks good on the outside as well. Without sounding monotonous, ALWAYS go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is THE ONE that is going to help you grow. I can’t stress that imperative ‘key take away’ more than anything! You are free to choose, but you are NOT FREE from the from the consequence of your choice. Make sure the choices you make are worth the losses you’ll take. Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences. Hell is truth seen too late. Regrets are illuminations come too late. Rejection will never hurt for as long as regret. Regret is the deepest form of punishment in itself. I can’t think of many things more attractive than a beautiful person whose beauty isn’t what actually attracts you.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less


The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

About Lindsay Bellinger

Lindsay Bellinger

Strategic Business Intelligence Transformation Leader | Photographic Memory | Tested Genius IQ | Multi Award Winning Writer | Teacher | Public Speaking Expert | Media Interview Training Coach | Data Scientist | Public Relations | Communications Professional | Myers Briggs: ESTP, ENTP | This Mind Of Mine Is Deeper Than Most People Can Swim.

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