To get things done, we have to make decisions. For some of us this is easy, but for others it can be hard not to hesitate. What’s the science behind our indecision, and how can we overcome it?
Do you ever panic in the face of too much information, or worry so much about how to make a decision that you never actually make one? This is what psychologists call “analysis paralysis”: the state in which your brain becomes so overwhelmed with different possibilities that you can’t reach a conclusion. Overthinking and overanalyzing information can undermine us in a number of ways: