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The Paradox of Choice

Why More Is Less, Revised Edition

by Barry Schwartz

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $16.99

The Paradox of Choice

Why More Is Less, Revised Edition

by Barry Schwartz

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Format:

Price: $16.99

About the Book

Whether we’re buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, purchasing shampoo from the drug store, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions--both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

Your students may assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. However, they need to be aware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, setting you up for unrealistically high expectations and making you blame yourself for any failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.

In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

Critical Praise

“Brilliant.... The case Schwartz makes... is compelling, the implications disturbing.... An insightful book.” - Christian Science Monitor

“An insightful study that winningly argues its subtitle.” - Philadelphia Inquirer

“Schwartz lays out a convincing argument.... [He] is a crisp, engaging writer with an excellent sense of pace.” - Austin American-Statesman

“Schwartz offers helpful suggestions of how we can manage our world of overwhelming choices.” - St. Petersburg Times

“Wonderfully readable.” - Washington Post

“Schwartz has plenty of insightful things to say about the perils of everyday life.” - Booklist

“With its clever analysis, buttressed by sage New Yorker cartoons, The Paradox of Choice is persuasive.” - BusinessWeek

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062449924
  • ISBN 10: 0062449923
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 05/17/2016
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.685 in (d)
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
  • BISAC2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture