DANGER! Over Thinking Decisions

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Over Thinking Decisions

Once upon a time, long, long ago, when I used to take standardized tests, the recommendation was to go with your first choice if you had trouble selecting an answer. I remember times though when I drove myself into confusion simply by thinking and rethinking my answers. Ian Leslie’s article, “Non Cogito, Ergo Sum,” (Intelligent…

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Over Thinking Decisions (Pt 2): Warning Signs

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Over Thinking Decisions

In Part I, I introduced Over Thinking (OT) referencing Ian Leslie’s article, “Non Cogito, Ergo Sum,” (Intelligent Life, May/June 2012 edition) and highlighting how it can cause erroneous decision making. This post will focus on the warning signs so we can avoid OT. There are five common ones: huge expectations, overwhelming information, area of achievement,…

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Over Thinking Decisions (Pt 3): Antidote

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Over Thinking Decisions

What’s the antidote for over thinking (OT) as referenced in Ian Leslie’s article, “Non Cogito, Ergo Sum,” (Intelligent Life, May/June 2012 edition)? It begins with four steps. First, recognize warning signs. Awareness alone helps us focus on minimizing our thinking by giving our first thoughts priority before diving too deeply into the problem. Second, ensure…

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