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Struggle with decision making? This might help.

Struggle with decision making? This might help.

Can’t even choose between the Caesar salad or the soup? You might need some help.

What’s really behind indecision? Why can some people decide quickly and others slowly and yet others seemingly never? What are “gut decisions” and how are they different from more rational, thought-out, “brain decisions”?

Gut vs. Brain

When do we decide with what part of our bodies? How is that sometimes “you just know” what’s right. It might seem irrational, but you just feel it that you should choose one way over the other.

I’ve always made my decisions based on two factors: intellectual analysis and my gut. And when they meet, that’s a go from me. That’s when I see the goal.  — Michael Ovitz

When the brain and the gut disagree, that usually makes for some difficult decision making. But when they agree, that’s when the fireworks take off.

When we can communicate from the inside out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behavior, and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible things we say and do. This is where gut decisions come from. — Simon Sinek

My gut and my brain are both telling me to go to sleep. My brain wants me to finish first, but my gut wants me to tackle it again in the morning with fresh eyes.

1 Comment

  1. Mom

    Interesting. This was the subject of a “Dear Abby” column today. It’s about people who don’t have enough confidence to make a decision, so they ask everyone else what they should do, so if it turns out that the decision was not such a good one, it is not their fault. I’ll try to find the link for you. Gut and brain. Hmm, I’ll have to think about that next decision that comes up. Should I go to Holland? Slam dunk, G and B are in full accord.



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