You’ve heard the phrase, “Go with your gut,” or, “The heart wants what it wants.” When you think about it, we’re often encouraged to make decisions emotionally rather than logically (especially for us Rabbits and Cockatoos!). But is that always the best process for every situation life throws at you?
Feelings vs. Reasons
We’re faced with dozens, maybe hundreds, of decisions on a daily basis, and while many are without serious or long-term consequences (i.e., which birthday card to buy your mother-in-law or what to order for lunch) we are also constantly making choices that will affect our health, our well-being and our loved ones.
When you think about it, we’re often encouraged to make decisions emotionally rather than logically.
We depend on objectivity (over emotion) only 20% of the time to make decisions, but that number drops to z-e-r-o when we let certain emotions get behind the wheel. The acronym, HALT (which covers hungry, angry, lonely, or tired) will dictate 100% of our emotions - therefore dictate 100% of our decisions - when we’re feeling them, according to research done by author of the Divided Mind, Michael Levine.