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How to Decide by Jonathan Herring

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Introduction

It’s half-past two in the morning. You’ve got something on your mind and you haven’t been able to get to sleep. You can’t stop thinking about what you should do. You just can’t decide. One moment you think you should say ‘yes’, but then two minutes later ‘no’ seems a much better idea. The more you think about it the more muddled you are. None of the alternatives feels right. You daren’t make the wrong decision, but you don’t know what the right decision is. Panic sets in and before you know it it’s four in the morning and you are still trying to get to sleep. Indecision can be misery.

We’ve all been there. The inability to make a decision can be paralysing; the embarrassment of making the wrong decision can be awful. How on earth ...

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