Choice often equates to freedom. But psychologist Barry Schwartz makes the argument that too much choice is, paradoxically, far from liberating. He points to several detrimental consequences, such as decision-making paralysis, unrealistically high expectations and the resulting discontent. getAbstract recommends Schwartz’s humorous lecture, which he speckles with quirky New Yorker-style cartoons, to anyone who wants to learn about his offbeat, but valid, secret to happiness.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why having more choice isn’t necessarily beneficial or liberating,
- How having too many options can encroach on your happiness, and
- Why wealth redistribution may offer a solution.
About the Speaker
Psychologist Barry Schwartz is author of the 2004 book The Paradox of Choice. He researches the connection between economics and psychology.
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3 years agoSo true!