Mind or heart in decision making

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Heart and Mind: Mastering the Art of Decision Making by Barry Anderson

*** Decisions, decisions, decisions. ***

How do you make decisions?

Many of our everyday decisions are ones we make using our intuition, without giving them much conscious thought. (Are you even aware how you made the decision to read this review?) But, as the authors point out:

“There is a missing process to link our intuitive decision making skills to a more rational approach in a way that’s easy to apply. Intuition, gut feelings, emotions—they aren’t enemies of rational thought. They are a crucial part of any decision which need to be embraced and integrated into a step-by-step framework to make the best use of our talents and potential. The challenge lies in having the courage to use this process to get our hearts and heads speaking in the same language. Only then can we expect to reach better outcomes…_Heart and Mind_provides you a toolbox of decision techniques and plenty of examples on how to apply each.” (pp. 12-13)

The six key components of the _Heart and Mind_ decision technique are:

1. Courage, Creativity and Balance—the three key tools used in the decision-making process
2. Problem Structuring—ways to maximize solutions by allowing for as many opportunities as possible
3. Personal Values—tools to explore important goals and values for each decision
4. Alternatives—ways to be more imaginative when considering the options for your decisions
5. Decision Tables—tables used to structure and streamline the decision-making process
6. Uncertainty Trees—tools to increase comfort with uncertainty and decrease likelihood of future regret

So, as far as the decision to read this book goes: if you’re looking for a good synopsis and application of “classic” (i.e., pre-2000’s) decision-making science, then this book will likely be an interesting read for you. But, if you’d rather something more up-to-date and less academic, I’d recommend the newer wave of decision-making books like Richard H. Thaler’s _Nudge_, Daniel Kahneman’s _Thinking, Fast and Slow_, or the Heath Brother’s _Decisive_.

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Head or Heart, which one to listen to? - Sadhguru

Test yourself as to which is dominant in your personality. Put both your hands clasped together, like in a prayer.
Barry Anderson

The Link between Your Heart and Head in Decision-Making

Every day, all of us need to make decisions. There are those we can easily make and know what to expect from. But there are also big and serious decisions that need more time, prayers, a clear mind and facts to get the results we want. Some friends advise us to follow our heart more than our head while others tell us to follow our head. One thing is for sure — there are no crystal balls in life that will tell us how our future will be.

Saying yes to every opportunity that presented itself? While you would certainly open yourself to all kinds of new adventures and experiences, you would also be totally over-committing yourself. But that would certainly be a limited life. Your head is where the analysis, logic, thoughts and that crazy monkey mind reside. Until you do that, our fears will control you and greatly limit your potential. Your heart is where your intuition lies.

Emotional and social data arising from interpersonal relationships and the degree of happiness or stress directly impact decision-making. The data that reaches the brain from the heart has been well documented to affect mental functions. The heart performs an important role that goes beyond pumping blood. Of the fibers in the vagus nerve, 90 percent are dedicated to transmitting data from the body to the brain, and only 10 percent carry instructions from the brain to the body — the largest ratio of these ascending nerve fibers are from the heart and cardiovascular system. When you are emotional or upset frustrated, overwhelmed, and so on , the heart rhythms have a disordered pattern, which affects many important higher brain functions such as decision-making. The distorted signals that occur when you are feeling angry, upset, unhappy, or any other negative emotion impair your cognitive functioning and access to intuition.

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3 thoughts on “Heart and Mind: Mastering the Art of Decision Making by Barry Anderson

  1. We often hear it said that it's better to listen to your heart rather than your head. in our minds by the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The effect of emotion and time pressure on risk decision-making.

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