Haley Scholar Reading Groups
By Danielle Hall
In the second part of chapter 7 of The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar discusses the ways in which decisions made out of "suspicion or fear" may cause more damage in the long run (237). Put differently, some of the worst or least informed decisions happen when one must confront unattractive choices. Avoiding complex choices is usually what leads one to being "caught between a rock and a hard place." Iyengar warns that ignoring unattractive choices, or choosing not to choose, is problematic and potentially harmful.
Something of note is how the concept of restrictive choice, which we discussed previously in chapter 6, resurfaces again throughout this chapter. Again, Iyengar urges readers to consider the benefits of letting go and reminds us that there are other options available to us that can help alleviate the pressures of choosing and yield positive outcomes (240 & 254-55).
What is one way that you have benefited -- personally or academically -- by letting go (or as Iyengar says "limiting ourselves") that somehow led to new or better possibilities and outcomes in your field of study?