The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less

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The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less

by Barry Schwartz

January 6, 2005 | Trade Paperback

The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Whether we''re buying a pair of jeans, selecting a long-distance carrier, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions -- from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs -- have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of choice overload: it 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 why too much of a good thing has proven detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. Synthesizing current research in the social sciences, he makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, he offers practical steps for how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and, ultimately, derive greater satisfaction from the choices you do make. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Since the publication of The Paradox of Choice, he has written about choice overload for Scientific American, the New York Times, Parade magazine, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times (London), Higher Education Supplement, Advertising Age, USA Today, the Guardian, and the Royal Society of the Arts. Schwartz has been interviewed for television programs, radio shows, and magazines throughout the United States, as well as in England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, and Brazil. H

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.75 in

Published: January 6, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060005696

ISBN - 13: 9780060005696

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very insigthful about our purchasing decisions Have you ever felt buyer's remorse after purchasing an item you have agonized over selecting? You may be a 'maximizer' and are always trying to make the 'best' choice to your own detriment. This book has quoted several studies that show how our society is adapting to all of the choices in our lives so quickly that we feel less pleasure in our purchases each time we make them because we doubt our decisions.
Date published: 2008-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book to examine your consumption habits. This book talks about the fact that in today's society we're faced with many choices. Be it in our personal lives or at the mall. While many of us believe that having so much choice in our lives, we're better off. In reality, it can only hurt us. Schwartz discusses it in depth and asks us to examine our own lives and how much we consume. You can be a satisfier or a maximizer, either way there is room for inprovement. It has given me the opportunity to examine my life and how i can change it. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to examine if their life is as fulfilling as it could be.
Date published: 2006-05-09

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The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less

by Barry Schwartz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.75 in

Published: January 6, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060005696

ISBN - 13: 9780060005696

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Whether we''re buying a pair of jeans, selecting a long-distance carrier, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions -- from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs -- have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of choice overload: it 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 why too much of a good thing has proven detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. Synthesizing current research in the social sciences, he makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, he offers practical steps for how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and, ultimately, derive greater satisfaction from the choices you do make. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Since the publication of The Paradox of Choice, he has written about choice overload for Scientific American, the New York Times, Parade magazine, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times (London), Higher Education Supplement, Advertising Age, USA Today, the Guardian, and the Royal Society of the Arts. Schwartz has been interviewed for television programs, radio shows, and magazines throughout the United States, as well as in England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, and Brazil. H

About the Author

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. This paperback includes a new P.S. section with author interviews, insights, features, suggested readings, and more. 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. We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. 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 long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. 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. 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
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Editorial Reviews

“Barry Schwartz’s eleven practical, simple steps to becoming less choosey will change much in your daily life... Buy This Book Now!” (Philip G. Zimbardo, author of Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It)