Making Decisions

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Presented to
Judith A Getty, Instructor
388 Sociology of the Family

Sarah Conklin
January 26, 2015

Decisions appear unexpectedly and can leave us feeling stronger or yet vulnerable. The choices, in which we construct, either subconsciously or consciously, persuade us to our path of destination. In the following paragraphs, the difference between decisions by default and choosing knowledgeably will be examined.
Decisions by default are made out of unawareness of alternatives and the least resistant (Lamanna & Riedmann, 2012, p. 19). In particular cases, time is of essence. On the other hand, we become stuck in definite ways and assume rather than analyze. I admit, I plead guilty to both. Contemplating what is for dinner is a task I repeatedly struggle with. Since I became a mother at a young age (which is by far an excuse) I often find myself turning to “fast foods” since it is the least resistant decision, in the moment.
Choosing knowledgeably is formulated by recognizing alternatives, weighing the consequences vs. the benefits, and awareness of the effects it may have on others (Lamanna & Riedmann, 2012, p. 20). Decisiveness is not always straightforward and the more difficult, the more critical the decision process can affect the outcome. Five years ago I decided to stay at home with my child and take on the role of a full time student. This choice affected all members of the household and ones to come including my child, child to be, and my husband.
Decisions are a part of life and to that we can agree. The difference between making decisions by default and choosing knowledgeable choices can greatly impact the outcome of a situation. In our household, decisions are typically constructed in regards to our plan for the future and although this may not always be the case due to “decisions by default” valuing our plan guides…...

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