Topic 2 Obstacles in the Decision Making Process

Factors related to the information:

  • Lack of information;
  • Inadequate or inaccurate information;
  • Too much information available.

Lack of knowledge and experience in decision making (especially “important” ones):

  • Lack of knowledge about decision-making procedures
  • Lack of skills and limited experience in important decision-making processes;
  • Insufficient confidence in one’s own decision-making skills.

Factors related to the person:

  • Antagonistic motives;
  • Conflict of values, interests, or abilities;
  • Talent and gifts. People with many interests and opportunities find it harder to make decisions;
  • Limited interests or abilities, providing a limited set of alternatives to choose from;
  • Interpersonal conflicts;
  • Anxiety;
  • Limited self-confidence or self-efficacy;
  • Decision-making is hampered by the person’s inability to draw up plans and implement them.

These are just some of the problems that can arise in connection with decision-making.