We all make thousands of choices each day - and think it means we’re in charge of our lives. But making even trivial decisions - about salad dressings, for example - can sap our energy and cause anxiety. Dr. Laurie Santos examines why our society wrongly prioritizes choice over happiness, and meets a woman who junked her wardrobe in a bid to improve her life.
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“Louis Lassen, Danish immigrant and lunch wagon proprietor, was dealing with a difficult customer. “
“That’s what the psychologists Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper set out to test in a famous study.”
“He’s written an entire book drawing on experiments like the jam study.”
“How many different drink options does that company offer? Over 80,000.”
“One study had people imagine trying to find a greeting card for a co-worker, either picking from a shelf after shelf of cards or just a limited selection.”
“When asked about his repetitive wardrobe, the president summed up decision fatigue perfectly.”
“The same thing happens with 401k plans.”
“It was spring and 21-year-old Karen Ann Quinlan had just moved away from home.”
“Peter’s no stranger to these kinds of awful situations. Sadly, he’s also faced them in his own family.”
“Back in 2006, she received some life-shattering news … and she reacted in exactly the science way recommends— she stopped treating lots of choice as a good thing.”