When we are choosing which action to take, one of the most basic calculations which guide us is, “How likely is it to lead to one option or another.” We need to think of all possible outcomes, and the rough probability of each one occurring. There is a problem with this. We are not great at assessing probability. But there are certain ways to make us think that one outcome is more probable than another. Add a little description, especially when that description fits in with predetermined pictures, and people will chuck probability out the window. –Charlie Jane Anders

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story in which your character uses psychological tactic to sway another person’s decision.

Journaling Prompt: What is your method of making difficult decisions? What outside influences do you pay attention to?

Art Prompt: Ponder

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how outside influences can derail their decision making process. Give them strategies for making good decisions.

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