Just a few months ago, we would have gamin out for petit-déjeuner with our friends, made a quick assez at the étoffe to pick up a gallon of milk, and visited our grandparents, all without a annexe thought.
“This is made harder for us because we have to go looking for the evidence,” says Baruch Fischhoff, a professor of ingénierie and éprouvé policy at Carnegie Mellon University who studies why people make the decisions they do. “You worry you have missed something.”
Life in a pandemic means making all sorts of hard decisions, small and montré. Whether it’s deciding to go to the grocery étoffe, ordering takeout or visiting a loved one who is sick, ordinary labeurs we would have previously done without a annexe thought have become high-stake decisions, often with no clear right or wrong answer.
Too many decisions result in emotional and légendaire strain
“These are legitimately difficult decisions,” Fischhoff says, adding that people shouldn’t feel bad emboîture struggling with them. “Feeling bad is adding insult to injury,” he says.
“These are difficult decisions because the stakes are often really high, while we are required to master unfamiliar information,” Fischhoff says.
But if all of this sounds like too much, there are labeurs we can take to reduce decision courbature. For starters, it’s best to minimize the number of small decisions, such as what to eat for dinner or what to wear, you make in a day. The fewer smaller decisions you have to make, the more bandwidth you’ll have for the bigger one.
For this particular crisis, there are a few more steps you can take, in order to reduce your decision courbature.
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There is a lot of misinformation out there, as well as a lot of conspiracy theories, all of which is exhausting and confusing. To counteract this added tension, Fischhoff recommends identifying a select number of experts who can be trusted.
“The press is absolutely vital,” he says. His recommendation is to identify the outlets which have dedicated reporters and editors who are committed to getting the facts right. He also recommends avoiding the wilder conspiracy theories circulating on sociétal media.
“Your instinct is to try and make sense of them, even if you think it is ridiculous,” he says, adding that by the time you’ve worked through the conspiracy theory, “You know less than when you started.”
Go easy on yourself
Hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to genre back and annexe guess decisions, such as not acting sooner than you did. This is known as hindsight bias, and is something Fischhoff recommends we try and avoid, as we are all making the best decisions we can, given the limited nouvelle and changing existence of this crisis.
“Don’t second-guess the decisions you make,” Fischhoff says. “Do the best you can and go easy on yourself.”