I have noticed that several people in my life from family members to colleagues seem to have decision paralysis. When faced with a decision, be it large or small, they seem to freeze and be incapable of making the decision. Sometimes they eventually make the decision after weeks or months, but they do so with great anxiety, or they refrain from making a decision at all.

In some cases, it can be good to wait until muddy waters become clear to make a decision, but In other cases some decisions need to be expedited.

What say you? Are you good at making decisions? Have decision paralysis? What is your process for making decisions?




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  1. immortal_pirate 3 months ago

    Is this a trick question?

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  2. five2one 3 months ago

    Depends on the decision. I live a very simple life, and certainly can have problems with some decisions.

    I would say, now that I am sober, I am good at making decisions.

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  3. Santa Bunny 3 months ago

    As to most questions – it DEPENDS.

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  4. Yin 3 months ago

    Yea, I hate making decisions. If there is a choice on food, I have my off limits, but I don’t like choosing out of the things I like at times. Usually it is because I am hungry, but I don’t actually want anything. I tend to hate eating. There are other choices where I just don’t want to be the one to make the wrong choice. I won’t blame the person for choosing wrong and I know they won’t of me, but I just don’t want to do it. It’s probably the biggest reason I don’t want nothing to do with a leader kind of role.

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  5. ladybarbara 3 months ago

    I weigh the pros and cons before any big decision.
    The worst was deciding to sell my California house. I am glad that I decided to sell, but once I mentioned it to a real estate salesman, it was wham-bam — I have a buyer. They came that same day. The Notary with the paperwork had it all printed up within the hour and Escrow closed the next day. Then the Middle Eastern buyer expected me to simply grab some clothes and my toothbrush and move out of his house immediately. I had to pack my household goods and the buyer did not want to give me time to do that. He badgered me every day to get out of his house. I regretted making the decision to sell — but my house was already sold.

    Usually, I think about future plans long before I have to make up my mind. Then, I mention it to Immortal Pirate and he responds as if I mean to do the plan right now. I have a financing plan for when it is time to buy a new air conditioner unit —- perhaps in a few years —– I mention it to Immortal Pirate. He doesn’t need a new air conditioner, yet. I know that, but that is how I make decisions. I think of them in advance.

    When it comes to choosing what to have for dinner? I really don’t care. I find it hard to choose and leave it up to Immortal Pirate —- who also has a hard time choosing. The truth is that I really don’t care where we eat. All of our choices are good. So, we choose what direction to go in and whatever we come to first is always a good choice. If it were left up to me, I’d eat tacos every night. Immortal Pirate does not like tacos, so, no tacos. I am never one to say no, unless it is a restaurant that specializes in peppers, or eggplant. I hate those! Thank goodness none of my favorite places serves eggplant.

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    • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

      @ladybarbara

      no tacos for the Pirate? oh man, what gives @immortal_pirate?

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      • ladybarbara 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny He simply does not like Mexican food. Perhaps it is the spices. He doesn’t have teeth, so the tortillas are too sharp on the gums. He is just barely mastering eating with his new dentures.

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      • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

        @ladybarbara

        soft tacos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :smile: :smile:

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      • immortal_pirate 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny Soft tortilla filled with BISON burger…yum!
        a bison burrito…

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      • ladybarbara 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny Soft tacos are still Mexican food. The spices are not to his liking.

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      • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

        @ladybarbara

        Somehow I figured @immortal_pirate would have the stomach of a billy goat. :rolf:

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      • ladybarbara 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny Nope. He will not eat anything from a fast food place. He stays away from food that is spicy to cover the taste of old meat. That is why he doesn’t eat from fast food places. He likes bison because the bison are not fed hormones or any chemicals. The bison he eats has been grass fed and raised in Buckeye, AZ. He stays away from any meat that is raised in questionable ways. He is a health food fan, but not a vegetarian in any way. With him, even the meat I buy from the grocery store is suspect, because of the ways they shoot hormones, glues, and fillers into our meat. Also, taco meat often has ammonia added to older meat. His daughter worked at fast food places and has a ton of horror stories about the food and drink machines.

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      • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

        @ladybarbara

        Got it. But good for him in being responsible. It’s not always easy.

        And yea, I like sausage, but I don’t want to see the process.

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      • ladybarbara 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny I got him to eat a burger from Burger King, but he had to have it his way. He likes his burgers the way he likes his women —– naked. Just meat and buns with no condiments or vegetation.

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      • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

        @ladybarbara

        At least get him a good burger – In n Out

        Stay away from the King and the Clown (McDonalds)

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      • ladybarbara 3 months ago

        @Santa Bunny In and Out were many miles away in another town and we were right at Burger King. We have eaten at In and Out before. He will eat there, but he makes a big fuss and wants to eat inside the messy dining room. I just want to go through the drive thru and eat the burger in my own house, or car. I tried to tell him that going inside means we have to wait longer, because they were serving the drive-thru FIRST. So, we ate inside in a dining room that was cluttered with trash and the floor needed sweeping.

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      • Santa Bunny 3 months ago

        @ladybarbara

        The In-n-Outs here, going inside is faster.

        But I’m with you, I like to eat where I want to eat. And it’s not inside a fast food place.

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  6. Weenis 3 months ago

    No.

    I’ve always been fast to react. It’s important in life to be decisive.

    In difficult situations, where there’s a business failure, or someone hurt, or something dangerous, it’s imperative to make a correct decision quickly.

    A good story of a failure in this was a boss I had about 10 years ago. He put some popcorn in the microwave and it caught on fire. He reacted quickly, by removing the popcorn, on fire, walking past the sink, and putting the burning popcorn into the refrigerator. He reacted quickly, but he made the wrong decision.

    There are also other stories of crowds of people watching someone be hurt, and no one intervene, because everyone has analysis paralysis (decision paralysis as you called it) because people think that someone else will respond and they don’t need to.

    In public, it seems to be worse now days, because when something happens that requires action or intervention, people pull out their phones to record the incident instead of prevent a bad outcome.

    One thing that’s problematic, to an extent, with me is that in a situation that is dire, I have ZERO room for apprehension, stupid decisions, lack of taking orders, or pleasantries. So if something happens and I start responding to the situation, I’ve had people get kinda deer in headlights and I have to bark them into movement. This has happened occasionally at work where some major outage is happening, and people are pushing dumb buttons or not assessing the situation in a way to return service as fast as possible.

    But it’s a trade off. If I was completely polite and mellow, then the desired outcome would be slowed down, but people’s feelings wouldn’t be hurt.

    There was a study that came out about playing Tetris, or a game like it where there is a clock, strategy, and decision making. It was something like, play 30 minutes of Tetris a day, and it will improve your natural ability to make the correct decision faster. And it does make some sense.

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