Haley Scholars Spring 2013 Reading Groups
By Danielle Hall
In the second part of chapter 7 of The Art of Choosing, Sheena
Iyengar discusses the ways that 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).
Based on the reading, what new or notable insight did you gain concerning the idea of limiting our choices?