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The Paradox of Choice Audiobook

The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

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Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of Alvin Tofflers' Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret.

Whether were buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, 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.

We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all 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 - the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish - becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice--from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs--has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.

©2004 Barry Schwartz (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Di United States 10-22-10
    Di United States 10-22-10
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    "Impressive"

    Impressive,
    you will get much form this book!
    Repetitive? No! Good idea need long talk! always.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ibrahim Oman 09-19-16
    Ibrahim Oman 09-19-16 Member Since 2016

    I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.

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    "Very informative on how choices effect us"

    Very informative book on how we make choices and how these effect us. Information is based on research which are well summarised. The author gives recommendations on how best to deal with ever more increasing choices leaning toward a style of finding what satisfies our needs.
    The book may be best read as paper book easy for reference. However it is well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan B Sampson 09-05-16
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    "A good point made excessively."

    This would have been an interesting and insightful magazine article, minus most of the the too numerous to count examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L Sheffield 05-05-16
    L Sheffield 05-05-16 Member Since 2015

    Readers are Leaders.

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    "Decisions Defined"
    What did you love best about The Paradox of Choice?

    I really enjoyed the examples and case studies. The last chapter of the book is pure Gold.


    What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

    Easy voice to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Your Choices Don't Matter....Why More is Less


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 04-28-16
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 04-28-16 Listener Since 2009

    Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!

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    "Not my Best Choice"

    1:15 to start on the myriad of ways contemporary affluent Americans are "forced" to choose.

    Dodgy scientifically when he leaves the arena of "opinion". 93% of Americans are religious? Nope. 16% of Americans self describe as atheist/agnostic. Why fudge numbers like that?

    Would have been an excellent op-Ed piece. And you can tell from the amount of filler just to make this into an acceptable book length

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    Eric Decker 03-21-16
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    "Redundant. "

    This should have been an essay, not a book. Each point gets illustrated by a dozen different examples delivered in a lilting monotony. There are some good points made, which gets the second star.

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    Kanan Langin-Hooper Omaha, NE, USA 02-09-16
    Kanan Langin-Hooper Omaha, NE, USA 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Would read again"

    Really a very interesting addition to the collection of business psychology books that are out there. It analyzes choice and the number of choices and how they affect people and their moods and attitudes and happiness with those choices.

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    Petrescu Horatiu 12-04-15
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    "Changed my life really"

    I tend to be somewhat of a maximizer and this book helped me to realize the underlying problem I am facing. This is the first step to simplifying your life for being happier.

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    dimitar 11-03-15
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    "Изключително полезна информация и анализ на Избора"

    Представя изключително полезна информация за редица изследвания върху избора и как той влияе на живота ни

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    Mark Adler 10-18-15
    Mark Adler 10-18-15
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    "interesting but..."

    interesting and valuable information but it could be laid down in a dozen pages. the same stuff is repeated again and again.

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