Beware – Hazardous OINTMENT
One thing that I have become deeply aware of over the past few years is the impact that social arrangements have on us, especially in how we make decisions and judgments about risk.
Many of our decisions and choices are impacted, often through our unconscious, by a multitude of factors from the world around us. However, we can easily be seduced into thinking we are ‘in complete control’ of our decisions,
but are we? We’d probably like to think that we ‘make a choice’ in every decision we make, but do we? We often believe that we are individuals, and our choices and decisions are ours alone, but are they?
These are some of the questions that occupy my time in thinking about decision making in risk.
Our social arrangements and the impact of the environment we live in are so powerful, and critical, in our decision making, it can often be challenging to; first, recognise what arrangements are impacting on us, and secondly, to make sense of them. I suspect that many of us blissfully go about our lives without being very aware of the impact that organisations and cultures (i.e. social arrangements) may be having on how we think and make decisions.
I imagine many organisations similarly struggle to both understand, and deal with, the same challenges.
So why is this?
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