Three bizarre factors that impact your decision-making
That you wouldn't expect
Have you ever snapped at someone because of hunger? What about feeling happy merely because the sun is shining? There are plenty of external factors that affect our decision-making on a day-to-day basis. There are even things that can influence us without our conscious understanding of it. When it comes to crucial things like making a bet, sending a risky e-mail, or fighting with a loved one, you need to make sure to take a step back and think about what else may be motivating you. Originally reported by Mic, here are three bizarre factors that you don't realize impact your decision-making (but they do):
1. The floor of a building you’re on
Being higher up in a building implores you to take more significant risks. The Society for Consumer Psychology found that when you're high up in a building, you have a greater sense of power and assertiveness.
2. How full your bladder is
Humans tend to prioritize short-term benefits over long-term rewards because of temporal discounting. However, in a 2011 study, it was found that suppressing the need to use the bathroom has a "spillover effect" for suppressing other urges as well.
3. If you are feeling lonely
A 2016 study published in Psychological Science found that heterosexual people who had less romantic prospects had the tendency to make riskier investments. After researching over 100 subjects, the study suggested that when sexual competition is apparent, people were more likely to be swayed by a more prominent but risky payoff than the smarter bet.
So the next time you're in the throes of an important decision, make sure to pay attention to where your true motivation lies.
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