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Old 01-20-17, 12:46 PM
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Exclamation Analysis Paralysis!

As described on wiki: "Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or "perfect" solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, while on the way to a better solution."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analysis_paralysis

I suffer from this issue greatly and wonder how common an issue it is with the rest of you (particually the PI subtypes).

I think this is a major cause of my procrastination issues. I over think the situation, seek out the perfect solution, then can't decide what that solution is, so take no further action.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

Yes, this happens. With everything, more or less.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

I'm in on this one too.

When one component of the solution is missing, I stand and stare blankly until it arrives. If it doesn't arrive, I continue to stare blankly until someone comes to get me. Then, I stare blankly at them.
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I'm in on this one too.

When one component of the solution is missing, I stand and stare blankly until it arrives. If it doesn't arrive, I continue to stare blankly until someone comes to get me. Then, I stare blankly at them.
or I'll sing a song and dance away...
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

What is the solution? Create a list of all possible positive and negative outcomes for each decision? Then make a logical choice based on those lists? That would take forever.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

Totally. I can't make decisions got the life of me. I research for ages, agonise over it, make pro.and cons lists, keep forgetting what I've read half way through, start again, etc. In the end like you I either dont mske a decision or just do something totally random.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

Depending on what it is I am trying to decide on, sometimes I ask The Guy -whomever that may be - what HE would want if he had to make a choice.

The Guy has never pointed me into the wrong decision yet.
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Wow, I wish I knew "The Guy".
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Wow, I wish I knew "The Guy".
I usually don't know him either.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

mostly i agonize for days, and then make a split second decision based solely on intuition
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mostly i agonize for days, and then make a split second decision based solely on intuition
I'm also in the "agonize for days" Club, when it is something I find very challenging or don't even know how to take the first step or what the steps are, then that can turn into weeks.

I get very anxious and scared of doing something the wrong way or not approaching the situation correctly. I get a buildup of pressure and anxiety which just makes me even slower to trying to face the difficult thing. I also tend to doubt my abilities.

In the end I do get things done, but it is a messy process mentally and internally to get there.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperfocus ?
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Its all fear based for me, fear of the unknown or not feeling in control of any outcome.
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Its all fear based for me, fear of the unknown or not feeling in control of any outcome.
It's horrible. I can't make choices because I don't know what the outcome is going to be, but I couldn't possibly know until I make the choice in the first place. It's such a paradox.
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Re: Analysis Paralysis!

There's also the fact of being able to play around when there's no decision, whereas a decision takes focus.
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