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Concerning Decision-making [Apr. 16th, 2006|11:07 pm]
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I've had some time recently to reflect on my own decision-making processes. It's interesting (to me), but I seem to be much better at suggesting courses of action for other people than I am at making up my own mind. Or at least that's my perception of reality.

When someone comes to me with a problem, everything seems so clear-cut and simple. "If I were you, I would do such and such." Having written those words now in the journal, they look every bit as arrogant as I knew they would. Who am I to give advice to others, or to believe I have even a rudimentary understanding of their situations? Particularly when my own troubles plunge me into chaos.

But oddly enough, this seems to have a way of being spun into something of benefit for me. When I'm floundering about a decision of my own, things seem much clearer if I picture myself in an imaginary conversation with a friend who wants help with that problem. By divorcing myself from the swirl of emotions, fears, and expectations, I can analyze the situation with at least some degree of objectivity. Wise things I've been told and words I've read now flow freely to the forefront, whereas before they were strained and suppressed. Sometimes I succeed at my aim and sometimes I fail miserably, but at least I feel like my mind is participating in the decision.

[User Picture]From: chronarchy
2006-04-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling well. It's bit me in the ass more than I care to admit.
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[User Picture]From: creature_tamer
2006-04-17 08:38 pm (UTC)
Indeed? Which feeling... believing that one has the answers to others' problems, or that one can create a reality of self-objectivity through a mental illusion that has all the stability of a house of cards? :)
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