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Maximizer: I Like To Figure Out and Go For Nothing But The Best 10 17.86%
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:48 PM   #21
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Many women set out to shop for a blouse, spend a Saturday afternoon at the mall, then go home with a new purse.

And they would go back to the mall on Sunday because they change their mind about that purse. Arghhhh! I am glad my wife is not like that.

I am going to be flagged for the above sexist remark, but I couldn't help it.

But speaking of shopping, I am wishy-washy at times too. And it happens when I do not know what I am looking for, or have any idea of what is out there. It would tell me that I need to do some research beforehand. On the other hand, a shirt is a shirt. Oxford, checked. Blue, checked. Cotton, checked. Where's the nearest cash register?

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Old 10-28-2014, 08:16 PM   #22
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On most things in life, I'm a total satisficer.

On big decisions (houses, cars, new computer) I'm a researching, over-thinking nightmare.

Luck is when Preparation meets Opportunity.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:22 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
A true 'maximizer' knows how to maximize the value of his time, and recognizes when 'good enough' is truly 'good enough'.

I'm a fan of the term 'it depends'. There's a time when only the very best will do, and times when just barely good enough is fine. It helps if you can recognize the difference and adapt, rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach.

I agree. Well put.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:40 PM   #24
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Only a few of the questions had anything to do with me and decisions.. the rest, like shopping or choosing friends don't register. How do you quantify on a scale of 1 to 7 "I never settle for second best? and how does that differ from "no matter what I do, I have the highest standards for myself?

Egad... have we come to this?

“Maximizers are people who want the very best. Satisficers are people who want good enough,” says Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and author of “The Paradox of Choice.”

Dr. Schwartz has developed a 13-level test to assess a person’s decision-making orientation.
Figgers... Swarthmore.... He never would have gotten away with this at Bowdoin.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:53 PM   #25
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Decisions is hard...

heh heh heh - I surfed this forum the last few innings so's I wouldn't jinx the game. Yea Royals - on to game 7. Fireworks in the neighborhood as I type.

If I did take the test - I'd probably be in the middle.

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