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How do YOU make decisions?

Postby KicktheCAN » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:22 pm UTC

I think the thread is pretty much self-explanatory. How do you go about making decisions, what processes do you use. It can be anything form everyday decisions to life-changing ones. Do you make a list of pros and cons, ask others? Me, I do everything my the seat of my pants. If I actually spend any time thinking about something I never do it, so I just about do everything that comes into my head, you?
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Postby d3adf001 » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

normal its if i feel like it or not

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Postby Rodan » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:46 pm UTC

I don't make decisions.
If I do, I have to yell "Decisive Action!"

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Postby 4=5 » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:47 pm UTC

I try the recomended option if I encounter the same situation again I try the not recomended option, and see which works better
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Postby TRM » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

Incentive.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:07 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Angrily.


"I found a kitten, can we keep her?"
"Of course we goddamned f***ing can! Now bring that f***ing kitten in here before I put my foot through your kidney!"

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Postby kcr » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:33 pm UTC

KicktheCAN wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Angrily.


"I found a kitten, can we keep her?"
"Of course we goddamned f***ing can! Now bring that f***ing kitten in he before I put my foot through your kidney!"

?

I don't know anyone who decides whether to keep kittens in a different way.

I'm horrible at decision making, sometimes. For an agonizingly long period of time I'll just think about the choices and then pick one, but inevitably will switch my choice a few times. Eventually I have to decide and as of this point in my life, I still don't know what criteria I use to make that FINAL choice. Lucky arbitrary guessing?

Other times it's easy.

Oddly, it's not "hard" things that have me doing the former. It's all completely fricking random.

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Postby LSK » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:51 pm UTC

Flip a coin, disregard result.

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Postby Kikral » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

I just decide to do what I think is right. If it doesn't hurt anyone, or won't get me kicked out of school i'll usually do it, provided my own sense of common sense isn't kicking in.
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Postby tessuraea » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:53 pm UTC

I think about things for a while, considering rational pros and cons, not in a really organized way, just musing. I weigh my understanding against how I feel about the decision. Then I discuss what I've thought and how I feel with someone--usually my husband, since many of my decisions affect him too. I spend quite a while on major decisions, and rarely second-guess myself or regret them. I like this about myself.

Small things--what to have for dinner sort of things--the process is really short. For big things like, say, getting married, it's a longer process... but it's the same basic idea either way.

I don't make lists of pros and cons. I'm just not that organized.
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Postby Khonsu » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:55 pm UTC

Careful contemplation before my ADD-addled brain suddenly "OH LOOK AT THE KITTY! YOU'RE A KITTY!" and then I forget what my really intelligent decision was, so I just try to approximate it.

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Postby xooll » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:44 pm UTC

Really depends what I'm deciding.
When it's a question of food, I imagine eating each choice and select the one that makes me salivate the most.
When it's a question of doing something neutral and not-food-related, I usually decide to do it, and then wait until I can summon the will to get up off my lazy ass.
For important decisions, I just go over all possible consequences, dismiss the ridiculously unlikely ones, and then decide loosely based on that.
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Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:22 am UTC

I worry unendingly until I finally think I have the right choice, and even then I worry until it is too late to do anything, and regret it afterwards anyway.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:27 am UTC

Insignificant Deification wrote:I worry unendingly until I finally think I have the right choice, and even then I worry until it is too late to do anything, and regret it afterwards anyway.


See this is why I just do everything before thinking about it, otherwise that is me to the letter. Granted I usually end up regretting things after even when I ultimately decide that it was a good decision but I still cut out the first two steps. I decided to rearrange my furniture late one night a few months ago on the spur of the moment. The next day I started thinking about whether I made the right decision or not and nearly had an anxiety attack, I was over it by the next morning. And now I LOVE my room (hated it before), so it all worked out.
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Postby notallama » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:56 am UTC

i put it off until the last possible moment, then i pick something (based on whatever information i have, if any).

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Postby __Kit » Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:29 am UTC

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Postby Castaway » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:19 am UTC

I carry a Twister spinner with me and it pretty much can solve anything.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:21 am UTC

Castaway wrote:I carry a Twister spinner with me and it pretty much can solve anything.


You sir, win this thread.
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Postby Castaway » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:25 am UTC

You have no idea how much clarity "right hand to blue" can bring.
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Postby bbctol » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:31 am UTC

I consult the I Ching, get a good night's sleep, make a Kurt Lewin pro-con graph, ask everyone I know, flip a coin, and then disregard them all and just pick something.

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Postby Klye » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:21 am UTC

I just do whatever seems like the best thing to do. No need to say, I'm a very spontaneous person... ie. "hey! you guys want to go see a movie? It starts in 5 minutes at the theatre across town..."
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Postby dopplex » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:53 am UTC

I just wing it and load a saved game if things turn out wrong.

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Postby Handsome » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:57 am UTC

I don't. I just see what happens after I procrastinate long enough.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:00 am UTC

Do some numerology, disregard results.
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Postby Eccentricist » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:09 am UTC

Apply the following question:

what would thomas edison do?

Most of the time I just invent lightbulbs until someone makes decisions for me.

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Postby Zohar » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:26 am UTC

I try to look at my decisions logically. It doesn't always work. If there are some clear options, I usually decide fairly fast, according to what's important at that moment.

For example, when choosing what to study in uni, I wanted to study something I like, not something that will help me earn tons of money. So I ended up learning physics and math. If I went for money, I'd probably go for engineering or computer science. In other decisions I had different priorities.

When I don't have any clear options things become much more difficult, like now, when I'm trying to decide what to do with my life - get another degree? If so in what - math, physics, something else entirely? Just get to work? Where? Go abroad for a while? Stay here? I have absolutely no idea, I hope some time will help.
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Postby mjec » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:39 am UTC

LSK wrote:Flip a coin, disregard result.


Absolutely. I'm totally incapable of making a decision but know if I'm happy with it once one has been made. So I make the decision arbitrarily then before executing it I consider if I regret it. If I do, I change, then execute. Both stupid and functional.

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Postby TheKhakinator » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:45 am UTC

I either:
A: Make a decision as quick as possible (things like what to get for lunch)
B: Screw around trying to decide for too long then force myself to choose/do the thing regardless of the factors either way. This usually turns out to be a good thing.

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Postby pulltheotherone » Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:50 am UTC

I tend to take quite some time out to carefully consider all the cons and pros to get a clear picture of which choice would rationally be the best one.

Then I choose (one of) the other choice(s) by "gut feeling".

Then I spend some time regretting my decision, before coming to the conclusion that "Oh well, it was fate".

I don't believe in fate but I like to kid myself.

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Postby Hawknc » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:13 pm UTC

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Postby Toeofdoom » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:15 pm UTC

I guess I usually evaluate whether something is worth doing, and then how would be best to do it. Although sometimes I just skip to the "This is an awesome idea lets do it" part.
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Postby Naibas » Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:47 pm UTC

dopplex wrote:I just wing it and load a saved game if things turn out wrong.


I save, then try one choice and see how it goes, then create a second save, load the first, see if the alternates are any better, and if not, then I load back to the second save.

Or when quick saves are unavailable, I google divination.

under no circumstances should you rationally evaluate your choices. wait, the opposite.

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Postby blarg(!) » Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:30 am UTC

I generally have a gut feeling for something, then consult others. And if they disagree with my gut feeling, I get mad at them. And if they agree, I feel vindicated and go with my gut feeling.

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Postby user#471729 » Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:50 am UTC

If the decision does not have an obvious option and procrastination is not an option, I will seperate out the best options and list pros and cons and seek advice from others until one has a superior edge.

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Postby ChooChoo » Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:06 am UTC

Castaway wrote:You have no idea how much clarity "right hand to blue" can bring.


You have no idea how much I truly want to go out and buy Twister right now just for the spinner, so I can hide it in the back of my sweatshirt or something, waiting for the day I can make a valid decision with it.

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Postby Castaway » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:41 am UTC

you're in some jungle ruins and you come across some sort of puzzle door that says "PLACE ONE APPENDAGE ON ONE COLOR. IF YOU ERR, YOUR LIFE YOU FORFEIT!"
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When making big decisions, I usually stress a lot, freak out a bit, make the decision which will ultimately benefit my mental state, and then in a fit of panic do the exact opposite.

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Postby Castaway » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:24 am UTC

Since I never seriously answered the question, I usually weigh the pros and cons of either situation against my own personal values.
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Postby recurve boy » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:58 am UTC

Zohar wrote:For example, when choosing what to study in uni, I wanted to study something I like, not something that will help me earn tons of money. So I ended up learning physics and math. If I went for money, I'd probably go for engineering or computer science. In other decisions I had different priorities.


I pick the most logical decision that fits with my sense of morality and my needs. Where none exists I pick using some arbitrary parameter (eg. colour)

In the above case, I wanted to do something I enjoyed. But I wanted to get a job easily. It was useful that I have no love for pure math. So I did comp eng and physics. These were also quite complimentary as programming meant I was well equipped for doing some physical modelling and physics helped me understand some aspects of electrical engineering.


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