The default effect: why we renounce our ability to choose

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Studies show that when an option is cast as a default, people will overwhelmingly follow that. Whether it’s choices about education, work, or relationships, the default option feels safe and people naturally avoid risk. This can actually lead people to make poor decisions, which is why it’s important to understand the default effect and not let it control you. Deliberate decision-making and actively thinking about where you want to be and how to get there are good strategies to beat the default effect. Read full article here

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