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Paradox of Choice: why more is less

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Whether we’re buying a pair of jeans, selecting a long-distance carrier, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions -from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family and individual needs- have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

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We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of choice overload: it can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures.

In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains why too much of a good thing has proven detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being.

Synthesizing current research in the social sciences, he makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives.

In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, he offers practical steps for how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and, ultimately, derive greater satisfaction from the choices you do make.

I strongly advise you to take a look at this book!

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3 Comments

  1. Grady Pruitt

    I think there can be such a thing as too much choice, but I also think having a variety of options is a good thing more than a bad thing. Still, I might have add this book to the TBR pile.

    1. The problem is not choice, it’s too much choice. Do you prefer having 2 choices with clear differences, make your choice in 2 minutes and get back to doing something you enjoy, or having 200 possibilities and taking 3 days to make a choice that will never fully satisfy you?

  2. Justin Dupre

    Interesting book, will be looking this up soon.