Haley Scholar Reading Groups
By Danielle Hall
In the second part of chapter 6 of The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar discusses the advantages and disadvantages of “keeping doors open” (201). Iyengar makes some useful connections throughout this section. More notably is the link between creativity and the practice of restrictive choice where she concludes that “creative disciplines” are where we can look "for guidance” (214).
Iyengar discusses how inventors and artists now come to know the value of restrictive choice(s) and while some boundaries are broken, newer ones can still be defined. One concept that is useful to consider is Iyengar’s proposition that “To choose is to invent,” by which she means that "choosing is a creative process, one through which we construct our environment, our lives, our selves" (213).
What is one way that you have made a restrictive choice--related to your field of study--that somehow led to new or creative possibilities?