Whether buying a pair of jeans or applying to college, everyday decisions, big and small, have become increasingly complex due to the abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction--but choice overload can make you question your decisions before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for failures. This can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and stress. In this book, social scientist Schwartz explains at what point choice--the hallmark of individual freedom that we so cherish--becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. He offers practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.--From publisher description.
"An Ecco book."
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -256) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Let's go shopping New choices Deciding and choosing When only the best will do Choice and happiness Missed opportunities "If only" : the problem of regret Why decisions disappoint : the problem of adaptation Why everything suffers from comparison Whose fault is it? : choice, disappointment, and depression What to do about choice.