We make decisions every day, every hour, sometimes minute-by-minute. Some decisions we make are good. Some, not so much. Some decisions can be as simple as choosing a paper towel brand. Some can change your life. So what goes into making a decision? Where do you start? And how do you know if it will be a good outcome or not?
For Nora Williams, Ph.D., a social psychologist and professor who studies how people think in context of the world, making a decision starts by peeling back the layers and figuring out the little pieces that reveal themselves. It also involves understanding the social norms that are in place and how people understand things. For some people, making decisions comes naturally. But for others who struggle with choices, it can be paralyzing. If you are curious about what goes into making the choices we make, be sure to decide to tune in to this week’s Mental Health Matters video podcast with Saint Louis Counseling Executive Director Tom Duff, LCSW and Dr. Nora Williams. It’s a decision you’ll be glad you made!