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I follow Psychologist Barry Schwartz works. They are insightful and I pretty much think he got it right in too many cases. Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Does more choices mean more freedom?
Schwartz highlights 4 distinct points of debate.

1) The more options there are, the easier it is to regret the dissatisfaction of the option that you chose. Even if it was a good decision.

2) The way we Value things depends on what we compare them to.

3) Escalation of expectation. Less satisfaction with the results even when they are good results.

4) Explosion of depression. Self-blame.

It's ironic the kind of first world choices we are suffocating in, which should make us happier, more enriched and loving people. The question is - are we?

Category: Wisdom
Grace of Wisdom

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