One-Liner Wednesday — Analysis Paralysis

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“The trouble with life isn’t that there are no answers, it’s that there are so many answers.”

Anthropologist Ruth Benedict

When I read Dr. Benedict’s quote, I was reminded of something called “analysis paralysis.”

Have you ever been faced with making a decision but you get stuck because there are too many possible options to choose from and you’re afraid of making the wrong choice? That is analysis paralysis.

It is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation, often because there are so many possible answers. The result is that a decision is never made or an action is never taken.

We spend time looking for the answer — the “right” answer, the “best” answer, the “perfect” answer — when in reality, there almost always is more than one possible, workable, feasible answer/solution for just about every question/problem.

So with all due respect to Dr. Benedict, I take issue with her quote. I don’t think the trouble with life is that there are so many answers. I think that’s the beauty of life. We have choices!


Wriiten for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

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11 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Analysis Paralysis

  1. Sight11 August 9, 2017 / 6:41 am

    I don’t agree with the last line, Sensei. The answers and choices are different in every aspect.. Will write a post

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  2. Frank Hubeny August 9, 2017 / 7:22 am

    It looks like the problem includes finding a way to choose one of the answers. A follow up problem would be living with that choice.

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    • Fandango August 9, 2017 / 7:27 am

      Yes, having multiple answers does make choosing more complex. But isn’t it still better to have “so many answers” than to have no answers or only one hard to discover answer?

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  3. newepicauthor August 9, 2017 / 7:23 am

    That was a wonderful post. Over-analyzing or over-thinking makes things take on different shades of gray since the situation is not clear, and you become filled with doubt, because most things are neither black, nor white, but they reside in a gray area.

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  4. bikerchick57 August 9, 2017 / 7:55 am

    I was stuck last week with many choices…until I decided to take matters into my own hands and come up with answers. The latter is very empowering – making your own choices, picking your own options. I highly recommend it!

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    • Fandango August 9, 2017 / 7:58 am

      I concur. Better to look at all of the possible answers and choose one that works for you than to suffer from analysis paralysis and fail to make any choice at all.

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