Sleep On Your Major Decisions

A new study has found that complex decisions are best left to your unconscious mind to work out, and that over-thinking a problem could lead to expensive mistakes.

The research suggests the conscious mind should be trusted only with simple decisions.

Thinking hard about a complex decision that rests on multiple factors appears to bamboozle the conscious mind so that people only consider a subset of information, which they weight inappropriately, resulting in an unsatisfactory choice. In contrast, the unconscious mind appears able to ponder over all the information and produce a decision that most people remain satisfied with.

I pretty much believe this as it has worked with me before in taking decisions, solving problems or even thinking up solutions and algorithms for my work.

I sometimes feel that all we do with our conscious mind, when we’re faced with a complex issue or decision, is somehow panic, mess things up and interfere with a natural and more balanced process that our unconscious mind would follow.

[Source: NewScientist]

  • Napo

    How true !

    When i used to produce programs like crazy at university, i used to think about them during night timetime, in arabic we say: ‘tikhmir’ and it certainly work…but that’s unversity !

    In professional life where cut-throad competition is prime and time is money, you can’t afford taking too much time to come up with – yet – the perfect solution !!!

  • Jenn

    I buy that theory. :-)