When Too Much Choice is a Challenge

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Episode 60 – When Too Much Choice is a Challenge

Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of decision making and how recognising the way that we make decisions can help our well-being. It seems a bit paradoxical, but when we are presented with too many options, it can stand in the way of us making a choice and sticking to it. We look at some of the ways that we make decisions and why having too many choices can sometimes be a bad thing.

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List of 10 things you can do to benefit from your choices.

  1. Choose when to choose (is it worth limiting your time spent choosing?)
  2. Be a satisficer (aim for “good enough”).
  3. Think less about opportunity costs. Focus on the positive of what a choice gives us, not what we’re missing out on.
  4. Make decisions non-reversible (commit!)
  5. Practise an attitude of gratitude
  6. Reduce regret
  7. Anticipate adaptation
  8. Manage expectations, optimal isn’t always attainable.
  9. Limit social comparisons – focus on what makes you happy
  10. Cultivate and appreciate constraints

Barry Schwartz – The Paradox of Choice TED Talk

The Paradox of Choice – explainer article

The Presenters

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 500,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He currently produces the official Geelong Cats AFL and AFLW podcasts and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lyons Construction.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years’ psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

Get in touch with Chris and Rowan – podcast@chrismackey.com.au

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