Some of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my life have also been some of the easiest: moving in with my boyfriend, taking time off work to travel, relocating to a different country. When it comes to making small decisions, however, I’m absolutely hopeless. I’ve spent the past three months deciding whether a French-girl fringe would suit me (I still have literally no idea) and I can’t remember a single time I’ve had an answer to the question: ‘What do you feel like for dinner?’ When it comes to making insignificant choices – sushi or salad? Bed or party? – I stumble, overwhelmed. Why!?
‘We have so much choice these days, from the mundane to the 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. It should be getting easier, right? I mean, we’re definitely getting enough practice. But if my haircut inspo folder is anything to go by, a lot of us are still finding it tough – ridiculously so – to make a choice about, well, anything. And as always, there’s a reason why.
For years, many experts have agreed that there are two types of decision-makers among us: maximisers and satisficers.
Maximisers are known for