Friday, October 28, 2011

Why the Crisis (#4): Decision Fatigue

A real and increasingly present challenge has emerged – called decision fatigue.  Coming as a discovery within the field of social psychology, this illuminates the fact that we do reach limits with our ability to consider and make decisions.  For the most active of us, this is a real problem as we manage our myriad of social media and communications.  For students and for the working poor, there is view presented that even minor decisions – what to have for supper – involves a debate because of scant resources.  I think this can help us to think about how much we seek also.  If we are tired or if our willpower is weak, then we rush to judgment without full consideration. 

See the article: Tierney, John. “To Choose Is to Lose.” NY Times. 21 Aug. 2011. P.33 which refers to the book co-written by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney, called Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.  

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