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Therese Raphael

Decisive People Aren’t Better Decision-Makers

New research suggests that indecisive people don’t make worse decisions. But there is a crucial difference that holds them back.

Time to decide.

Time to decide.

Photographer: FPG/Archive Photos

Some people are naturally more decisive. These charge-ahead types make choices assuredly, from the trivial to the life-changing, stick to them and don’t look back. But do they make better decisions? 

It turns out that indecisive people don’t make worse decisions. In fact, the art of making good choices is as much about how we make them, and whether we actually put our decisions into action, as it is the choices themselves.