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multiple31-Oct-2007personalitybill by votes47566.7%


Do you find that there's too much choice in your life?

Inspired by: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (19 minutes)

12I like the freedom that choice gives me.
7Being able to choose allows me to get just what I want.
5Because I often have to make choices, I sometimes end up feeling regret.
5I don't like being responsible for so many decisions.
5Sometimes, I wish someone else would make choices for me.
5Choice allows me to express my individualism.
5Because of choice, my expectations get raised and I'm more likely to end up disappointed or less satisfied because of it.
3I feel paralyzed by all the choices I have to make every day.

they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 1-Nov-2007 8:25am  
Not a lot of choices here.
gambler Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 1-Nov-2007 10:08am  
Very "Matrixy" question......maybe I guess
posted 1-Nov-2007 10:16am  
Sometimes, but I don't think we should do anything to reduce choice.
posted 1-Nov-2007 10:21am  
Here's something I noticed from past interactions with friends. A group of us wants to eat out. My first reaction is usually, "Oh, I'd eat just about anywhere." And, I say this. But, then there's some struggling over where to go. So, I make an effort to decide on where I'd like to go and I voice my opinion. Then, the group decides (democratically) to go somewhere else and I end up feeling disappointed.

Also, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by choices on a restaurant menu. A few times, I've been to places that had very few choices, and I liked it. Potentially, a restaurant that makes only a few dishes is more likely to make those dishes very well. But, also, I'm somehow happier not having to decide.

Though, in general, choice is a good thing, even if it's sometimes too much.
posted 1-Nov-2007 11:05am  
No and I like the freedom -- I have to go take that test now. Oh - it's not a test, just a video.
posted 1-Nov-2007 11:19am  
No. "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
See? Even Dumbledore says so.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 1-Nov-2007 11:53am  
No. I just think there's too many wrong ones and not enough right ones.
posted 1-Nov-2007 2:06pm  
Yes, although it doesn't mean that the options are always favourable. I mean, sometimes it's choosing the lesser evil (figuratively of course).
posted 1-Nov-2007 3:41pm  
Maybe I need more so that i can practice making better decisions and get better at it, then I wouldn't get so indecisive.
posted 1-Nov-2007 8:35pm  
The freedom that choice gives me and oh well
posted 1-Nov-2007 9:07pm  
I don't have enough choice in my life.
posted 2-Nov-2007 8:45am  
I feel that if I was more restricted that I would've had more incentive to do things, but because there are so many options I rarely see the straight forwardness of something that's different to something but purely for complex reasons, my opinion on this subject varies and changes continually.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 2-Nov-2007 11:54am  
No. I guess sometimes it would be easier if there were fewer choices, but ultimately I'm happy that there are so many, more for what it symbolizes than for what it gives me personally.
(reply to Liss) posted 2-Nov-2007 1:17pm  
But, Dumbledore is a jerk, so... winking raspberry
posted 2-Nov-2007 1:53pm  
I'm horrible at making decisions, even with simple things. Example: I went to buy a heater last weekend. I got to the store and was completely overwhelmed. Too many heaters! I spent a good hour looking at them, my eyes glazing over. I finally told Caleb to pick one.....any one...I didn't care.
posted 2-Nov-2007 3:51pm  
Depending on the person and his/her ability to make wise decisions.
posted 2-Nov-2007 11:11pm  
I like the freedom that choice gives me.
The key is to take responsibility for the choices one makes. than you have a choice, be happy or content with that choice, or regret. I choose to be content with my choices even if they seem wrong at the time. Looking back, the only choices I thought to be wrong were the times when I thought I had no choice.
(reply to bill) posted 3-Nov-2007 9:43am  
laughing out loud
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 3-Nov-2007 5:06pm  
Now I have "Free Will" stuck in my head

By the way, if you think you have no choice, it's usually because all the choices available are undesirable. The choice tends to be the less of two sucky ones. For example:

Either calm down, swallow your pride, grit the enamel off your teeth, and approach the person who wronged you in a nice respectful manner..... or key their car.

posted 3-Nov-2007 7:33pm  
I guess it depends on what were choosing. Ever look at the cold medicine aisle?
posted 4-Nov-2007 8:04am  
When you have too many choices it's as hard to make a decision. When your choices are limited, even if you may not like them, the decision is easier to make.
posted 4-Nov-2007 10:45am  
I voted "Maybe". Because I tend to make the wrong choice almost every time I make one, and there are many choices that I have made that I regret ever since. Usually it is the choice NOT to do something that I regret most.

I am also limited in my choices because of my health, and my finances. You can have all the choices in the world, but if you cannot make use of them either through being limited physically or financially, then it is the same as having no choice at all...
posted 6-Nov-2007 4:22pm  
Not enough actually.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Dec-2017 5:55pm  
Sometimes, yes. Too much choice certainly can be paralysing, but having no choice at all is worse.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 24-Dec-2017 7:19pm  
It would have been funny to give this survey 50 more options

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