Out of all the complexities that human beings face, I am most intrigued by the manner in which we make decisions as human beings. And so, just as I do when I am intrigued by some phenomena or ideology, I dig into the internet. (I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry. I used safe, secure and regularly updated websites which are affiliated to professional and governmental organisations)
The first point that I came across listed emotion as a factor that influences or is involved in decision -making. Prior to researching, I had already concluded that emotion played a role. I think it’s very obvious.
When most people are angry, they act—That’s a decision.
When most people are happy, they act—That’s another decision.
When most people are scared, they act—That’s also a decision.
Other seemingly obvious factors include feelings, instincts, beliefs and experiences. (Scheve)
The most surprising fact that I came across was the fact that “We aren’t even aware of our own process” (Our own process here refers to decision making)
By looking at brain activity while making a decision, researchers could predict what choice people would make 7-10 seconds before they themselves were even aware of having made a decision. This means that even when people think they are making a conscious, logical, decision, chances are that they aren’t aware that they’ve already made a decision and that it was unconscious.(Weinschenk)
The psychology behind the process of decision-making is too broad to cover in one article. I hope you’ve learnt a thing or two about the daily process that we unconsciously undergo which ultimately directs the course of our lives.
I’ll be back with more.
(I know I have been away for a while but school has been busy. I’ll do my best to be consistent though)
Scheve, Tom. “How Do We Make Decisions?” HowStuffWorks, 23 Aug. 2010, science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/make-decisions.htm. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.
Weinschenk, Susan. “How People Make Decisions — Smashing Magazine.” Smashing Magazine, 2019, http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/02/human-decision-making/. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.