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Old 10-01-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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Fascinating: Ambivalence, shades of Grey, and Decisiveness

Why So Many People Can't Make Decisions

Seeing the world as black and white, in which choices seem clear, or shades of gray can affect people's path in life, from jobs and relationships to which political candidate they vote for, researchers say. People who often have conflicting feelings about situations—the shades-of-gray thinkers—have more of what psychologists call ambivalence, while those who tend toward unequivocal views have less ambivalence.....


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Old 10-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #2
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Carl Jung did a lot of work on personality types, and the dichotomy between Judgers and Perceivers was one of the four dimensions he used. He never made them hard-and-fast categories, nevertheless the Meyers-Briggs Personality Types was developed following his insights. Judgers tend to quick decisions, and may even be uncomfortable with ambiguity. Perceivers tend to the opposite, wanting to know everything before deciding, in the worst cases. In more average cases, they recognize that perfect knowledge is impossible, and get on with life anyway. It's not that we can't make decisions, it's just that we don't (want to) make them as fast as the Judgers want us to.
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I'm ambivalent about that article.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #4
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This came out last year (I have it, but have never gotten around to reading it, so no vouching for it.)

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Decide-.../dp/0618620117
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:07 AM   #5
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Carl Jung did a lot of work on personality types, and the dichotomy between Judgers and Perceivers was one of the four dimensions he used. He never made them hard-and-fast categories, nevertheless the Meyers-Briggs Personality Types was developed following his insights. Judgers tend to quick decisions, and may even be uncomfortable with ambiguity. Perceivers tend to the opposite, wanting to know everything before deciding, in the worst cases. In more average cases, they recognize that perfect knowledge is impossible, and get on with life anyway. It's not that we can't make decisions, it's just that we don't (want to) make them as fast as the Judgers want us to.
Going on that description; I am a Perceiver.

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:29 AM   #6
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This came out last year (I have it, but have never gotten around to reading it, so no vouching for it.)

http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Decide-.../dp/0618620117
I remember seeing that and almost buying it....thanks for the reminder...
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:30 AM   #7
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Going on that description; I am a Perceiver.

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Per M/B I'm an INTJ (or almost an INFJ)....
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:43 AM   #8
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:56 PM   #9
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Per M/B I'm an INTJ (or almost an INFJ)....
Me too! (At least, I was when I was younger and more idealistic - I wonder if I took it again how I'd measure up)...
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:20 PM   #10
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Me too! (At least, I was when I was younger and more idealistic - I wonder if I took it again how I'd measure up)...
Well, they claim it doesn't change and that has been true in my experience. I've taking a couple of different versions of the test at different times and got almost identical results.
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I must be weird. I'm pretty harshly judgmental of what actions or beliefs I believe are wrong, but generally uncertain of what is or would be the right thing in that situation. It's not a pleasant state to be in, but cognitive dissonance is rarely a desirable state.
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