Sheena Iynengar talks about the art of making choices by exploring the assumptions we have.
Let’s jump right in. There are 2 systems to make choices.
Automatic system never turns off and operates via emotion. It influences our decisions effortlessly and subconsciously.
Our reflective system is the one which requires a certain amount of effort. Afterall, it brings out our logical side.
Our aim is to get these 2 systems to work together in order to get the same answers when talking about choices. In a recent study, children who are able to listen to their reflective system and exhibit self control have stronger relationships as adults and better coping skills. Therefore, remember to tap into the reflective system to ensure you are making a choice you won’t regret in the future. Always ask yourself if that choice will make you happy or not.
Mistakes to avoid
We make a lot of choices depending on their limited information we have. The information that has been frequently tapped into or gets stored in our brains the most, is the information that is filled with emotion. It is necessary to look at other aspects of the situation too. What other information do you have, despite the obvious things?
The way that information is portrayed to us plays a huge role in making choices. Be aware of this, and you will start to see the facts clearly.
We tend to seek information that supports a choice we want to make or perspective we have. We accept information that seconds the opinion we have formed in our minds.
Making better choices
Gather more information about that topic. Become an expert. Weigh the pros and cons. Then, make a choice. You can settle on better decisions by turning into a specialist in a subject.
Get help from other subject-matter experts. Hearing and interacting with many viewpoints will ultimately help you make a better decision. What do they think about it? What is their opinion? Take advantage of other’s expertise. Make use of your connections here.
Categorize the options and select the categories you are looking for. Ignore irrelevant categories and focus on the ones from which maximum benefit can be gained. Narrow it down.
Also, reflect on your past decisions. What have you learnt from them? Approach future decisions after keeping that in mind.