Posted by: Concerned26 | 2008/02/04


Dear CyberShrink,
Thank you for your time...

I would like to know what causes doubt in the human mind?


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Gosh, what doesn't ? Its an essential function of the human mind to try to avoid jumping to conclusions and to examine alternative choices of action, etc. ; but some of us are a bit too obsessive, and whirl around between the alternatives, never allowing ourselves to pick an option and feel good about it So doubt is a valuable skill so long as one keeps it in proportion. If one is engaging in too much wheel-spinning and too little deciding, someone like a CBT counsellor could help one to become more efficient at sound decision-making

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Posted by: John | 2008/02/04

Inability to make a decision is either because one lacks sufficient information, or one is not convinced of the facts or bona fides presented.

Sometime people who are overly suspicious of anything doubt the veracity of most things: people, minerals and vegetables. Not a quality that is universally loved.

On the opposite scale, certainty - or the air of personal conviction - and the ability to make quick, correct decisions are associated with intelligence and aptitude. For example, the americans put their quarterbacks through assesment measures to determine the efficacy of their decision-making: do they 'run' the ball in the correct situations and do they throw the ball at the right times and how quickly do they do they make up their minds? This is not unlike our scrum-halfs in rugby here as they too make decisions that affect the outcome of a game or a period of play.

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