Decision Fatigue Leads to Bad Decision Making

It takes effort to make decisions and when confronted with numerous decisions to make, people get fatigued. These aren’t just big decisions (what should I do with my life?), but also small ones (what should I wear? what should I eat for dinner). This impairs a person’s ability to make further decisions (or avoid them).

However, it’s unclear whether this is a consistent phenomenon. Research by Carol Dweck reveals decision fatigue primarily affects people who believe willpower runs out quickly. Decision fatigue is also related to studies on ego depletion, which has since been debunked.

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