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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.
 

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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“The more choice people have, the more freedom they have, and the more freedom they have, the more welfare they have.” This doctrine is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that people seldom question...

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