Haley Scholars Spring 2013 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).
Which idea -- "restrictive choice" or choosing as a creative process -- drew your attention most? Why?