Decision-Making 101: The Paradox of Choice and Why Sometimes More is Actually Less...

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It might have occurred to you that it is difficult to make decisions sometimes. Despite our best efforts, we often find ourselves being overwhelmed by the mass of opportunities that we may have.

Imagine a person who is trying to find his career of choice. A thousand years before, he had but a handful of options depending on where he lived.

But nowadays, with this modernized world where everything is connected, we have more than a million options for our career, let alone other aspects of life that need decision-making!

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The reason behind this is that sometimes, the more options you have, the more difficult it will be for you to decide.

Many of our youth find it difficult to focus their attention on one thing in life. That is why a lot of them do something at some point, then forsake it to do another thing.

Their lives are unfulfilled, and that is because they cannot put their attention to a sole purpose in life.

It would be romantic to suggest that each and every one of us were born to do one particular thing; that destiny is awaiting us and we need only find what we were born to do and become.

But this is hardly the truth. A human mind is capable of admiring many things, and falling in love with many phenomena throughout this unlikely and unexpected life that we live.

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That is why it is so easy to lose focus. We are preoccupied by many occurrences throughout our life that implore us to pay attention to them. By paying attention to them, we begin to like and enjoy them.

Add that to the forgetful nature of us human beings; the tendency to lose touch of what we may have, for example, wanted a year ago. With that sensation lost in the deep maze of our minds, we are ready to embrace something new.

And we always do!

This is where the paradox of choice comes in. The idea that more is not usually better for our interest, and that if we had fewer options, life would be particularly easier.

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It is true that we need freedom of choice as a prerequisite for the health of our mentality, but one must not forget to mention that the same freedom of choice could drown us in a world of confusion.

Psychologists have proven that even though more choices in a matter seem to indicate more freedom, we do not benefit from it by a psychological standpoint.

When you overwhelm your mind with choices, you find it difficult to concentrate your efforts on a single thing that you may like. Your mind deceives you into thinking that you may like something better, and that you may find something more suitable were you to wait or procrastinate for a while longer!

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If you want to make decisions better, try to bring the technique of elimination to your thoughts.

When you eliminate the things that are not in your best interest, you will be left with fewer options and can make decisions in a more well-mannered and logical way.

The paradox of choice indicates that you need to narrow down the possibilities that you see for yourself. This does not mean that you should lose your ambition, it only means that you should stop dividing it.

By dividing your ambition, you are inherently making it impossible to make decisions and push your life forward in a direction.

Stop the overflow and eliminate the extras out of your life, and you will find that decision-making will is much easier than you think.




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You know sometimes we may find it more difficult when the battle of heart and mind arise. It makes it more difficult to make choices or decisions, sometimes it becomes so much difficult listen on either side.
That was my opinion , any suggestion will be appreciable. Great post by the way, keep up the great work.

This is true. There was a time i need to join a branch of class, i hated science because of the chemical names, i hated art because of the history years and government stuff, i hated commercial because of account calculation. So i was left confused which one to go with. It takes me weeks to finally made up my mind about it but surelyz it was confusing which one to go with

Unfortunately, in my country it is very difficult to get a profession that you like and where you can really make a contribution to society. Since there is only corruption in education. In order for a child to go to college, parents have to pay huge money. Often there is no such money and the child learns the profession for which the parents have enough money

Good tip although I will never understand why people find it difficult to make a decision. I think it has way more to do with character, being afraid, lack of courage and not wanting to be responsible for own deeds.

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Ya @chbartist more the opportunity we have more we confused in taking decisions.

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Greetings to you @chbartist, thanks once again for this spectacular post.

Nice post, more does sometimes cause confusion when making choices.

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Keep it up! And love your mindset! Voted because you have that drive to keep going!

I wish I had a superpower that would let me focus on everything at once.

Yes! Most of the times I'm very much confused in taking my decisions.

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A good topic. You are right now the choice is very large. And sometimes people do not have enough of a lifetime to find themselves, to find an occupation that they really like.

It's really hard to decide when there are many choices to choose from. But one should make a choice to the things that make him fulfilled in life. For me, I should weigh the value of things for the elimination of good things that could divert your focus.

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Dear @chbartist
Whether in the business field, in the field of study or in the field of jobs, the more options we have, the more difficult it is to choose those options. The miserable situation arises when we try to keep the feet together on many boats. In this situation, we are not able to focus on our actual goals and go astray from the goal and are deprived of real benefits. Unless our brain is focused on a goal, we will have to face such kind of famous ones. Any goal achieved with hard work always provides satisfaction. To make a strong decision, the brain should always be prepared and able to overcome the dilemma of choosing the option.
Thank you spreading positive mindset

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Though it says 'i need help', if you listen to its undertone, it may inspire you.

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That happens to me a lot ... when I have many options it's hard for me to make the decision ... and sometimes I think ... if I had only 2 or 3 options ... sometimes we want to cover everything and that also makes it more difficult.

@chbartist, The point of Elemination is vital because in my opinion there is an Human Tendency where people try to do everything both productive and non-productive, i think that people fear to eliminate non-productive things because may be it feels like they are less or like failures if they something leave behind.

But in reality we have to leave non-productive aspects behind to pursue those things which are fulfilling the life's purpose. Stay blessed.

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Ohhh really helpful article...So i like share my experience with you.


I tend to wear my jeans until they’re falling apart, so it had
been quite a while since my last purchase. A nice young sales person walked up to me and asked if she could help.

“I want a pair of jeans—32–28,” I said.

“Do you want them slim fit, easy fit, relaxed fit, baggy, or extra
baggy?” she replied. “Do you want them stonewashed, acid-washed,or distressed? Do you want them button-fly or zipper-fly? Do you want them faded or regular?”

I was stunned. A moment or two later I sputtered out something
like, “I just want regular jeans. You know, the kind that used to be
the only kind.” It turned out she didn’t know, but after consulting
one of her older colleagues, she was able to figure out what “regular” jeans used to be, and she pointed me in the right direction.

The trouble was that with all these options available to me now,
I was no longer sure that “regular” jeans were what I wanted. Perhaps the easy fit or the relaxed fit would be more comfortable. Having already demonstrated how out of touch I was with modern
fashion, I persisted. I went back to her and asked what difference
there was between regular jeans, relaxed fit, and easy fit. She referred me to a diagram that showed how the different cuts varied. It didn’t help narrow the choice, so I decided to try them all. With a pair of jeans of each type under my arm, I entered the dressing room. I tried on all the pants and scrutinized myself in a mirror. I asked once again for further clarification. Whereas very little was riding on my decision, I was now convinced that one of these options had to be right for me, and I was determined to figure it out. But I couldn’t. Finally, I chose the easy fit, because “relaxed fit”implied that I was getting soft in the middle and needed to cover it up.

The jeans I chose turned out just fine, but it occurred to me that
day that buying a pair of pants should not be a daylong project. By
creating all these options, the store undoubtedly had done a favor
for customers with varied tastes and body types. However, by vastly expanding the range of choices, they had also created a new problem that needed to be solved. Before these options were available, a buyer like myself had to settle for an imperfect fit, but at least purchasing jeans was a five-minute affair. Now it was a complex decision in which I was forced to invest time, energy, and no small amount of self-doubt, anxiety, and dread.

Buying jeans is a trivial matter, but it suggests a much larger
theme we will pursue throughout this book, which is this: When
people have no choice, life is almost unbearable. As the number of
available choices increases, as it has in our consumer culture, the
autonomy, control, and liberation this variety brings are powerful
and positive. But as the number of choices keeps growing, negative aspects of having a multitude of options begin to appear. As the number of choices grows further, the negatives escalate until we become overloaded. At this point, choice no longer liberates, but debilitates. It might even be said to tyrannize.

That’s a dramatic claim, especially following an example about buying jeans. But our subject is by no means limited to how we go
about selecting consumer goods.

This book is about the choices Americans face in almost all areas
of life: education, career, friendship, sex, romance, parenting, religious observance. There is no denying that choice improves the
quality of our lives. It enables us to control our destinies and to
come close to getting exactly what we want out of any situation.
Choice is essential to autonomy, which is absolutely fundamental to well-being. Healthy people want and need to direct their own lives.

On the other hand, the fact that some choice is good doesn’t necessarily mean that more choice is better. As I will demonstrate, there is a cost to having an overload of choice. As a culture, we are enamored of freedom, self-determination, and variety, and we are reluctant to give up any of our options. But clinging tenaciously to all the choices available to us contributes to bad decisions, to anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction—even to clinical depression.

Many years ago, the distinguished political philosopher Isaiah
Berlin made an important distinction between “negative liberty”
and “positive liberty.” Negative liberty is “freedom from”—freedom
from constraint, freedom from being told what to do by others. Positive liberty is “freedom to”—the availability of opportunities to be the author of your life and to make it meaningful and significant. Often, these two kinds of liberty will go together. If the constraints people want “freedom from” are rigid enough, they won’t be able to attain “freedom to.” But these two types of liberty need not always go together.

Nobel Prize–winning economist and philosopher Amartya Sen
has also examined the nature and importance of freedom and autonomy and the conditions that promote it. In his book Development as Freedom he distinguishes the importance of choice, in and of itself, from the functional role it plays in our lives. He suggests that instead of being fetishistic about freedom of choice, we should ask ourselves whether it nourishes us or deprives us, whether it makes us mobile or hems us in, whether it enhances self-respect or diminishes it, and whether it enables us to participate in our communities or prevents us from doing so. Freedom is essential to self-respect, public participation, mobility, and nourishment, but not all choice enhances freedom. In particular, increased choice among goods and services may contribute little or nothing to the kind of freedom that counts. Indeed, it may impair freedom by taking time and energy we’d be better off devoting to other matters.

I believe that many modern Americans are feeling less and less
satisfied even as their freedom of choice expands. This book is
intended to explain why this is so and suggest what can be done
about it.

Which is no small matter. The United States was founded on a
commitment to individual freedom and autonomy, with freedom of choice as a core value. And yet it is my contention that we do ourselves no favor when we equate liberty too directly with choice, as if we necessarily increase freedom by increasing the number of options available.

Instead, I believe that we make the most of our freedoms by
learning to make good choices about the things that matter, while at the same time unburdening ourselves from too much concern about the things that don’t.

Following that thread, Part I discusses how the range of choices people face every day has increased in recent years. Part II discusses how we choose and shows how difficult and demanding it is to make wise choices. Choosing well is especially difficult for those determined to make only the best choices, individuals I refer to as “maximizers.” Part III is about how and why choice can make us suffer. It asks whether increased opportunities for choice actually make peo-ple happier, and concludes that often they do not. It also identifies several psychological processes that explain why added options do not make people better off: adaptation, regret, missed opportunities, raised expectations, and feelings of inadequacy in comparison with others. It concludes with the suggestion that increased choice may actually contribute to the recent epidemic of clinical depression affecting much of the Western world. Finally, in Part IV, I offer a series of recommendations for taking advantage of what is positive, and avoiding what is negative, in our modern freedom of choice.

These conclusions fly in the face of the conventional wisdom that the more choices people have, the better off they are, that the best way to get good results is to have very high standards, and that
it’s always better to have a way to back out of a decision than not.
What I hope to show is that the conventional wisdom is wrong, at
least when it comes to what satisfies us in the decisions we make.
As I mentioned, we will examine choice overload as it affects a number of areas in human experience that are far from trivial. But to build the case for what I mean by “overload,” we will start at the bottom of the hierarchy of needs and work our way up. We’ll begin by doing some more shopping.


My decisions were previously based on the needs of others.
Work, husband, children, mother, sisters, mother-in-law, etc., etc.
Until I started making my own decisions.
Many do not like it.
But I felt extremely calm and peaceful.
I have broken the vicious circles and beliefs that have been imposed on what should or should not be done in life so that everything goes well.
For me it is easy, I always analyze when I see that in the future I can regret the decision I make, I try to improve it or I simply throw it away. I do not like regrets.
In the end, I always leave you the opportunity to improve the decision.
And a degree of flexibility to make changes.

We are beings of choice and it often leads to analysis paralysis as I often comment given the implications that behavior has on our decisions. If not properly filtered, inefficiencies will lead to poor decisions and results.

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Hello @chbartist I am delighted with this post, since I have identified in a way with this material, You know that I share the same idea as you, the more opportunities we have so we want to do and the more we want to grow, in this present time we want to learn everything a little, be a whole people. Dedicating yourself to various trades, and it is good until certain as always the factor of time, fatigue and stress, and focusing on several things at once affects health.

A human mind is capable of admiring many things, and falling in love with many phenomena throughout this unlikely and unexpected life that we live.

Totally agree with this, We have a fairly broad thinking and has been developing little by little, in an original way, one day we want this and another day we want this, but that, and we have more and more that ambition for those goals that we propose Sometimes the problem is time, and it is possible that many times, not being clear, or not being determined by what you want more, is affecting your peace of mind.

In these last days I have been going through those decision problems, when you perform several activities every day and all important you want to stay successful in everything, sometimes it costs a lot, When you fail, you stop and start thinking that it is the best of everything. What are you doing. And the problem begins to decide what you think is best for you.

Excellent material, has identified me a lot, I hope to continue to find good material like this, I as a young man say that this is worth reading, It is little time I've been reading your posts, but I'm sure it's just the beginning of success.

Greetings from Venezuela.

I liked your post a lot, during the heart-minded war, you never know that it can become even more difficult. It makes choices or decisions even more difficult, sometimes it's heard so hard on both sides.
That was my opinion, no suggestion would be commendable. This post will be done successfully by the post.Thank you

When our minds coordinate with our hearts, then its the right decision.
And most importantly if the peace within is present.
If you feel uncomfortable or you have a bad feeling or certain fear, its not the right decision to make. Be at peace first before deciding certain things especially big decisions.

On the other hand, if we have much in ourselves, much stuffs, much work, much things to think of, most likely we're in trouble with our decisions.

I think it has to do with a bit of everything, the character of the person (personally I was always insecure and thought that I'm not capable of doing good at school for example, even when I had great grades; doubting myself) as well as the overwhelming amount of choices that we have. I'm not sure how it is on the other parts of the world, but here, kids are expected to choose their careers at 15, and it puts a lot of stress on them. Of course nothing is set in stone, so if you change your mind in your mid 20's, you still have an option to go study and do something else. The problem is of course picking that one right thing that you will enjoy doing in your life.
This post reminded me of the 5/25 rule. Writing down a list of 25 of your goals and interests and picking the top 5 that mean the most to you to focus on at all times, while ignoring the other 20 on your list, until you have achieved your top 5. That has helped me a lot and it guides me on what I should be spending my time on.

I like your work very well.Hope you do more such things.Which will inspire us.You really do very well.Do more such work.
Thank you very much.


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Yes sir @chbartist I don't know why is mostly person don't want decision.
That's easier way it right choice.

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Yes, decision making is indeed difficult, we need to think about all the possibilities, and yes you are right after elimination of certain things, it becomes much lighter and easier to make decisions.
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I think though human mind is full of possibilities, but not everyone is capable of handling these possibilities.

With few possibilities you could live in peace but then you will have very little to explore the grand phenomena that is life. So it is kind of a trade off either you chose peace or truth.

@chbartist focus is putting attention on great things leaving good things behind which depends on choices

Steve Jobs quote

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Nice writeup, it actually ties in pretty well with my article.

I don't make the most ethical decisions, but by making the right decisions at the right time it's pretty incredible how far you can go.

Due to the diversity of options that compete for your attention, at one point in my life I find it difficult to know which way to go, and I think the important thing is to do what we really love.

This does not mean that you should lose your ambition, it only means that you should stop dividing it.

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The most important thing is that you can find yourself and you can enjoy the choice we make, in my case I like to read (and although within the platform I am a bit limited to comment on this type of content), but I also like the programming and in the process of learning I have realized that it may be necessary to learn in the same branch more than one programming language, where do I want to go ?, that we should not limit our capabilities, we can certainly learn more than one subject, only that it must be done in a responsible and organized manner.

Thanks for the great article @chbartist

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un factor fundamental al tomar una decisión es no dejarse llevar por los demás la gente vive mucho de las opiniones de otros y se dejan llevar por estas así sean malas , lo mejor en una toma de decisión es estar solo, eliminar las cosas que realmente sabes que no te convienen y al momento de decir que es lo que quieras no dudar y mantenerte firme , es muy difícil saber cual es la opción correcta siempre pero uno es un ser humano y se equivoca solo tienes que afrontar tus problemas y seguir adelante

Much truth in this article, many people tend to be very distracted by seeing so many options, reducing these options helps direct that attention to specific options and thus dedicate more time and effort.
I love this post, it can give a change of mentality of great positive impact on anyone.
you are big @chbartist

somehow you are akways writing the most useful thing to me. thanks mate it mean a lot

@chbartist you are very correct... "When you overwhelm your mind with choices, you find it difficult to concentrate your efforts on a single thing that you may like".

Atimes i here people say we should like how to multi task. How effective is this when it comes to focus?

We have to make several decisions every day in our home and work sphere. Every decision taken by us as a manager, supervisor, or as a housewife becomes a measurement of our merit.

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The more options you have, the more difficult it will be for you to decide. Exquisitely true!

This is something that's been swimming in my head for quite a while now. Making decisions that will impact your life and where you want to be. Maybe it's fear of taking full control of my life and the outcome. I admire those that go full steam ahead despite unfavorable situations. Everyday is always an opportunity to move forward. Thanks!


I have run across many posts and comments with just the sentiment you describe lately here on steem. Full steem ahead is what I say! It is better to make the "wrong" decision and give it your best attempt than not to try at all. I am old and have gone in many directions in my life. The few regrets I have are for the times I could have taken some action and did nothing instead.

I think you are right in surmising that fear of taking control is the problem. But you are the captain of your own ship and I know taking action will help you even if later you need to change course.

Procrastination is a challenge we have all faced at one point or another. For as long as humans have been around, we have been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us.
We need stop dividing ambitions of our life and focus on one main thing till we reach and accomplish our desire.
@chbartist you are a great leader and superior mentor thank you for those wise articles and there is always so much value in it.
and I would like to be included on your community list.
Thank you have a blessed day !

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Nice post and also, think it has way more to do with character, being afraid, lack of courage and not wanting to be responsible for own deeds.

Great blog! But i also think that each one of us born with a mission in particular in this life. The problem is to find it!!! Greetings... 👏👏👏