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The Psychology and Philosophy of Choice

Updated on March 23, 2015

What are Choices?

To understanding the psychology and philosophy of the lightly used word, "choice" we must first think about and understand the definition. Choice, according to 'Wikipedia.com' means, "selected as one's favorite or the best." You may agree that we have an abundance of choices in our lives, and although that may be true, we always strive for the choice best for us (or the choice we think is best for us) as the definition mentions but, do we understand those choices? I will be speaking about your psychology of making choices and decisions and going into a philosophy of why we want to have choices. We have choices such as: what clothes to wear, what television show to watch, what to eat and so on. We never really sit down and think about why though. We carry on with our lives, unaware of the choice we made and the consequences of those choices.

Consequence of Choice

There will always be a form of consequence to a choice. It might be good, it might not. That all depends on your choice and attitude of the choice with the understanding of why that choice was made. Knowing your psychology is important when determining a variety of choices that have been privileged to you by life. You control what you choose, but you cannot choose or change what comes next. The only thing you are in control of is yourself. You make choices based on the understanding that you want the odds or outcome to be completely in your favor.

The Psychology of Choice

When I say 'psychology' I'm referring to understanding yourself. Once you've pondered about the choice(s) you've made, you can start by asking how you feel (as cheesy as that sounds). You want to know how you feel because your feelings are what matter most. How to bring yourself to those feelings all depends on your logic and reasoning. You do require some amount of intellect believe it or not. In the first paragraph, I mention in brackets "or the choice we think is best for us" because we never really understand our choices, we don't take enough time to think them through properly and how they can affect us positively and negatively. The better our reasoning, the better choices we make and the better our attitudes remain. Based on the evolution of human beings in regards with our intellectual development, it's difficult to know exactly what we want that seems best for us. We try, very hard especially. For example, reproduction and having babies is important and makes people happy. Why? Well on the surface it is because you want to teach everything you've learned and pass it down to your children. It's true that having children is a major cause in financial debt and leads to anxiety and stress and more problems you didn't know were there. If that outweighs the "good" from having babies then we'd practically hardly have children. It would be considered a luxury to have babies. But that's not the case. There's something deeper than debt or the miracle of birth.

The Psychology of Choice (Continued)

As previously mentioned, we all makes choices, all the time, every day. We make choices of our thoughts, of our feelings, and of our actions. When things don't go our way, we choose how to cope with it. If we cry, we are choosing to be sad. We therefore want to be sad. We don't want to remain sad, but we want to be sad. That must not make much sense, but it does. We psychologically strategize ways of learning to become happier. We use discomfort to dig deep to understand how to become happier. Same goes for anger. Even happiness. We are hardly ever satisfied. We always want more of something we have or don't have.

The Philosophy of Choice

What's more to having babies you say? Well it is to pass down what you've learned to your children but why? That is the question. We choose to have children in the hopes that they learn to understand why as well but mainly to achieve our goal (which may be theirs, too). We are essentially passing down information because we feel strongly about what we've learned to be able to move it to another body. We understand that we will be dying, which means we will no longer be conscious of any form of thought or idea. Therefore, we have children to follow that legacy we cherish that has kept us wanting more from life. Even when we die, we hope we find happiness even though we may not be conscious of it. We choose to have children because we want them to do the same and more to be able to teach their children so their children will do the same and try to achieve more in the process just like our children tried to do. This is an example of a choice we biologically feel compelled to choose. Even with my explanation/theory I still don't understand completely why.

Buridan's Ass

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Opportunity of Choice

How Many Choices Would You Prefer Having Yourself?

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Conclusion

All in all, choice is more complicated than everyone thinks mostly because people do not understand themselves clearly enough to make accurate decisions about what they want. We always make decisions, we cannot stop making a decision, what happens next is up to the world to decide...

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