What is available?

We reflect on a lot of incidents and wonder why and how did we reach that decision on the spot, and how much better it could’ve been if we breathed in for a while. 

The rash decisions are due to many reasons but, in my opinion, it’s mainly because of the availability heuristic. 

The availability heuristic is a mental ‘shortcut’ that relies on whatever is on your short-term memory. 

We make emotional decisons after watching a chick flick. We feel the adrenaline rush and want to act, talk, and walk faster after watching an action picture. 

That is why the old advice of moving out of a situation before taking a decision makes huge difference. 

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