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The Daily Decision-09-Prescriptive Decision Making

The Daily Decision-09-Prescriptive Decision Making

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Today is the ninth episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that descriptive descriptive making theories catalog actual decisions and tendencies towards either productive or nonproductive decisions.

Are we stuck with our bad decisions?

Prescriptive decision-making theories act like the bridge between normative (perfect) decisions and descriptive (actual) decisions.

If we have information about what could have been the best decision in a certain circumstance, we can use it for the next time we are in a similar situation.

Think of baseball players. Batters can make mistakes when reading a pitch. But with more information and examining and comparing the perfect decision that would lead to a hit versus the actual decision that led to a strike out, batters can improve their odds or improving their decisions โ€ฆ next time.

ย As always, Happy Deciding.

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There is a soul behind every story. ~ Dr. Z

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The Daily Decision-08-Descriptive Decision Making

The Daily Decision-08-Descriptive Decision Making

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Today is the eighth episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that normative descriptive making theories assume that a perfect person can make perfect decisions.

But reality is different.

Which is why we have Descriptive Decision-Making Theories

That capture actual decisions people make and the types of decisions, right or wrong, that people tend to make.

For example, why do people in their dating preferences often choose people who counter their best instincts even when they know the better decisions?

Why do people use harmful drugs (legal and illegal) even when ย they know they are harmful?

If we canโ€™t be perfect decision makers, can we at least improve our decision making?

As always, Happy Deciding.

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Nothing motivates me like losing whether the loss is real or perceived. ~ Dr. Z

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The Daily Decision-07-Normative Decision Making

The Daily Decision-07-Normative Decision Making

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Today is the seventh episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that theories help explain phenomenon and they can be tested.

We learned that decision making has three theories

  1. Normative
  2. Descriptive
  3. Prescriptive

Normative decision making assumes that a person is perfectly rational and a person who is able to measure with perfect accuracy any decision.

This assumes that a person has the time, money, energy, and mental faculties (think sleep) to make a perfect decision.

If youโ€™re asking yourself why have such a theory if itโ€™s impossible to make a perfect decision, itโ€™s because by theorizing a perfect decision, we can begin to compare them to actual decisions.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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Modern relationships moderated through digital squeeze the essential juice out of the shared orange but they also squeeze out the pulp. ~ Dr. Z

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The Daily Decision-06-Decision Making Theories

The Daily Decision-06-Decision Making Theories

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Today is the sixth episode of The Daily Decision

A theory is like a story. It helps think through a complex set of events in a coherent manner.

A theory is an explanation for phenomena (the singular in phenomenon). And theories must be tested. For example,

her teaching method is based on the theory that all children want to learn

ย Within decision making there are three theories or ways to think about decision making

  1. Normative
  2. Descriptive
  3. Prescriptive

Normative is like โ€œnormalโ€ but in this case normative is the best decision possible given all the time, money, and energy in the world.

Descriptive like it sounds describes all decisions, good and bad.

Prescriptive, like getting a prescription, is the idea that you can improve your decision making with intervention.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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Words limit as much as they clarify so optimize your use of them. ~ Dr. Z

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The Daily Decision-05-Decision Making Potpourri

The Daily Decision-05-Decision Making Potpourri

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Today is the fifth episode of The Daily Decision

Academically just like life decision making is a blend of many disciplines.

Decision making draws from the fields of economics, behavioral economics, psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, law, political science, medicine, public policy, consumer behavior, and business.

It is a virtual potpourri, BIB-im-BAP, stone soup,

In each field, researchers examine either psychological, behavioral, or social conditions under which decisions are made.

For example, if we have a deadline there is a psychological pressure to make a decision. When we walk into our favorite grocery store, we often follow the same path around the store to look for our items. When we work with others we may exhibit more or less cooperative behavior depending on the situation.

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The Daily Decision-04-Decision Making Styles

The Daily Decision-04-Decision Making Styles

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Today is the fourth episode of The Daily Decision

Like fashion, it is helpful to think of styles when it comes to learning and decision making.

How people learn and

How people make decisions

can differ

Learning styles include:

  1. Visual
  2. Auditory
  3. Reading
  4. Kinesthetic

Decision making styles include:

  1. Directive
  2. Analytical
  3. Conceptual
  4. Behavioral

Styles are tendencies. Just as you may never get caught outside without wearing heels or wing-tipped shoes, you do wear pajamas.

Just because you tend want structure in your life as a directive decision making, you may be very attuned to making sure that people get along in group situations, appreciate analyzing data, and being creative in your problem solving.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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