Summary of The Paradox of Choice

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The Paradox of Choice summary
Variety may be the spice of life, but too much variety can quickly become unappetizing.


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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.


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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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