In the spirit of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret.
And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.
By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives.
This paperback includes a new preface from the author.
As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction.
In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress.
Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.
Whether we’re buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.
But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures.
In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being.
In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution.
He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.
Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele.
”—Sheryl SandbergIt’s 1944 and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz.
When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.
Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and 2018 Christopher Award “Edith’s strength and courage are remarkable…her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness, resilience, and generosity.
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