My blog is based on the idea that rational thinking is a better way to think and decide what to do. But we know that most people are emotional in their thinking and behaviour, so aren’t I trying to kick into the wind here?
And, when famous writers like Hugh Mackay state:
It makes no sense to think of humans as essentially rational creatures: we are driven more by the heart than the head… (The Art of Belonging)
I must be on the wrong side.
NO! This is exactly the point of the need to think differently. Isn’t it because we mostly think emotionally and make emotional/irrational decisions, that many of our decisions are actually so poor?
I’m not arguing that, by thinking rationally, all your decisions will be correct. Yes, we are emotional. Yes, we act irrationally. Yes, behavioural economics and psychology are better at predicting what we will actually do than will models based on rationality.
But that is exactly the point! What I’m arguing is that, by trying to think as rationally and objectively as you can, you are likely to make better decisions. Rational models, rational thinking will tell us what we should be doing.
Trying to consider more factors, trying to consider the evidence, the research, the context is likely to help you make better decisions in all areas of your life. And for our leaders to make better decisions for the society and the organisations they run. Think differently. Think rationally. (Even when the heart is involved!)