Haley Scholar Reading Groups
By Danielle Hall
In this week's reading, Iyengar discusses the long-term effects of making difficult decisions, especially when we must assign value to people we love or become accountable for more than just our own quality of life. Under such circumstances she points to how we often seek sources of "authority and expertise to alleviate the burden of a difficult decision" (236).
One thing that stood out in this reading was the "cake and death" concept, that is a clear desirable answer vs. a non-desirable one. Iyengar notes, however, that two seemingly different choices can be rooted in a similar "psychological process" (217).
What are some of the benefits or implications of negotiating choice when we focus less on perfection or being right?