Too Many Choices, So Little Time

Too many choices can leave us empty handed.

Believe it or not, having more choices doesn’t necessarily mean that you will end up with the perfect selection.

Studies have shown that having too many options often lead us to make no choice at all.

In our quest for perfection we may be holding out too long when we would have been quite nicely satisfied with good enough.

The conclusion: When given so many choices, people have more trouble making any decision, and this sense of indecisiveness could lead to a cascade of negative effects. In his seminal book, “The Paradox Of Choice,” Dr. Barry Schwartz writes, “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. 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.”

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