Some of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my life have been easy: moving in with my BF, taking time off work to travel, relocating to a different country. When it comes to small decisions, however, I’m hopeless. Prime example: ‘What do you feel like for dinner?’
“We have so much choice these days, from mundane to life-changing. In the past, while we had less freedom, we also had less decisions to make,” explains psychologist Jacqui Manning. In 2017, with a world of opportunity at our fingertips, you’d think that our decision-making skills would be more refined than ever. But a lot of us are still finding it tough to make a choice about, well, anything. And as always, there’s a reason why.
Many experts agree that there are two types of decision-makers: maximisers and satisficers.
Maximisers are known for their desire to always make good choices. Yes, even if that means weeks or months deliberating. They consider every option, and prefer choices that are reversible. But these peeps often feel anxious AF, and are most likely to regret their choices. “Even when they make a decision, they’re unhappy because they’re hyper-aware of what they’ve let go,” says Jacqui.
Satisficers have a more chilled-out approach and are more likely to accept the ‘good enough’ option. Satisficers operate through a mental criteria li