“Paradox of Choice”: Barry Schwartz

Posted By on Jun 5, 2017 |


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Today’s conundrum: In a society filled with abundance and choice are we experiencing increased rates in depression and dissatisfaction. Our guest, Professor, Author and Psychologist, Dr. Barry Schwartz has found that too many choices are making us miserable. Barry is here to explain how infinite choice is exhausting to the human psyche and why accepting “good enough” might actually bring us more satisfaction in life.

In his books, “The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom,” Dr. Schwartz offers both advice for navigating a world of endless choice, as well as a fresh take on wisdom for the modern age. If you are someone who struggles with feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending conveyor belt of decisions–from the minuscule moments to the milestones, then this episode is for you. We hope you’ll join us to hear how Barry’s research shows us that:

  • While choice is good, more choice is not necessarily better
  • Always being on the lookout for the “best” can ultimately erode our ability to find contentment in life
  • Setting arbitrary limits on our choices can help decrease decision fatigue
  • Empathy is essential to “re-moralize” society