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Prof Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He has published several best selling books including ‘Why We Work‘ and ‘The Paradox of Choice‘. Currently he has 4 TED talks with his first, ‘The Paradox of Choice‘ being downloaded almost 8 million times. Prof Schwartz is a world renowned expert on the psychology of work and what influences all the decisions we make in life.
On this episode we discuss a range of interesting topics including how standardization is influencing patient and physician satisfaction in healthcare, how always wanting the best may not be the right thing and how more often than not, good enough is good enough.
If you are interested in how you make decisions in life and why our ability to predict what those decisions will make us feel like is ineffective, then I suggest you have a listen. There is lots of really great content here.
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Selected Show Notes
Why We Work by Prof Barry Schwartz.
The Paradox of Choice by Prof Barry Schwartz.
The Practice of Autonomy by Carl E. Schneider.
Critical Decisions by Peter A. Ubel.
Practical Wisdom by Prof Barry Schwartz & Kenneth Sharpe.
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
One Symptom in New Medical Codes: Doctor Anxiety. New York Times.
‘Maximer or Satisficer’ – Herbert A. Simon.
Stumbling On Happiness by Dan Gilbert.
How Doctors Think by Gerome Groopman.
Prof Barry Schwartz. Swarthmore College.