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Chapter 30. Become Aware of Your Decisio... > Sorting Out Decision-Making Methods

Sorting Out Decision-Making Methods

All decision-making procedures, rules, or methods seem to fall into one of the following categories (or a combination). Check ( ) the category or categories that best describe how you make decisions.



Rational—“I decide what is best by relating consequences systematically to objectives.” (“Ready-aim-fire”) Rational decision making was defined in the first section, which pointed out that humans have limited rationality.

Intuitive—“I decide without understanding exactly why.” (“Shoot from the hip”) Intuition is not easy to define. The dictionary says it is knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes or a perceptive insight.

Cultural—“I decide because that is the way I was taught.” (“Standard operating procedures”) Most cultures, societies, or ethnic groups have customs, traditions, or time-honored practices about behavior. These become habits.

Faith—“I decide what my religion or spiritual beliefs tell me.” (“Do what God, Buddha, or my personal convictions tell me.”) For many people, following their adopted scriptures is their decision rule. Others are defining their own spirituality or their own trusted values and principles for such guidance.



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