The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

Why More Is Less

Book - 2016
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"Whether we're 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 401(k), everyday decisions ; both big and small ; have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload 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 long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice ; the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish ; becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice ; from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs ; has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers,, [2016]
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9780062449924
0062449923
Characteristics: xix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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1aa
Sep 24, 2016

Clearly written; explains various psychological processes and biases clearly, focusing on how they relate to decision making; a final chapter gives advice on making decision making easier.

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worldCitizen
Oct 05, 2011

Super livre!!!!! J'ai fini de lire juste la moitié et j'ai hâte de le ré-emprunter!

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arlinegloria
Jan 03, 2011

Insightful and helpful in our consumer based society and I like that he acknowledges that you can change - answers with solutions.

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brewsterjuice
Feb 27, 2010

Lots of interesting ideas and some useful suggestions on how to simplify.

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