TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Decisions? Choices? Alternatives? Too little information? Too much information? Just how do we decide? Facing a decision? Share here.

Similar Challenges @ similar times. Identical choices to face @ identical places. Everything from what college major to choose; to when, if, & to whom you should marry; to have kids? Yes/no? How do I prepare for a future when I don't get anything -- but old? We all face similar challenges; all the time; every day of our lives. Why not share? Here!

TED has 14 talks on how to make Good Decisions. So far, I've seen talks that cover issues with marketing, healthcare, and major economic decisions involving how to improve life for all people everywhere.

If you had 50 Billion dollars, what global problems would you solve first? Economic Analysis gives a surprising set of priorities. And Global Warming is way down the list as far as "Bang for the Buck" is concerned.

Dan Gilbert says that YES we CAN synthesize our own happiness and we do so every day inside our own brains. And drugs have nothing to do with it. Also Professor Gilbert gives a more complex talk on why we make bad decisions. It would seem that we can blame evolution for that one.

Choices are hard to make. Important choices can be terrifying. We've all felt the same way when we had to choose & then face up to unintended consequences in Life! Choices-in-life? We all face 'em. Share here.

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Jun 15 2013: So that is where I am today. I need to decide if I can withstand yet another very invasive surgical procedure, and two months of these horrible hard painful tubes sticking out of my face. The anxiety alone with them in caused me to cry daily and at one point I even had a knife in my hand wanting to cut them out myself. At this point, when the surgeon suggested this new plan, I broke down and he (like Lizannne) recommended counseling in order to gain some strength before pursuing such a long term stressful situation. The thought of waking up after the surgery and seeing these tubes again may just be more than I am willing to take. I am so tired and I really have tried so hard, but at this point I wonder if it is just god's will that this is what is to be. I have been fighting for ten years now, through 14 surgeries and have been such a burden to my husband and my mother (who should be enjoying her golden years). I will begin making phone calls on Monday to some counseling services, if for no other reason to just get some feedback about whether or not this is truly my decision to make. I don't wan't people to say I didn't do my best. But I think I am way past what my best is at this point. Lizanne, you mentioned a chat with you - I don't know how to do that. Thanks so much to both of you.
    • Jun 15 2013: Amy, I am sending you zillions of positive vibes right now!!!!!

      Simply click on my profile, and on the right, you'll see in red, 'Send Lizane Hennessey an e-mail', which will come directly into my inbox.

      Amy, what I wouldn't give to come over for that cup of coffee right now!!

      Sounds to me like you're having trouble seeing the forest for the trees right now! I'd be more than happy to lend an 'ear' and although it's a virtual one, it's attached to flesh and blood, and I would really like to talk further with you about all this!!
      • thumb
        Jun 15 2013: Lizanne: Caught them!!!! Thanks!!!!!
        • Jun 15 2013: Hey, we're online at the same time! That's almost as good as having a coffee together!!
          I edited my post just now, while you were replying to it, I think!
    • thumb

      . . 100+

      • +1
      Jun 15 2013: Dear Amy: Hang in there!! Never give up!!
      Janine's talk is very inspiring and I hope it can be helpful to you
      http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_shepherd_a_broken_body_isn_t_a_broken_person.html
      Sending you a big hug ❤

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.