An Experiment In Decision Paralysis



2013-1214 frozen-by-indecisionDisclaimer: Although Prudential created the video I used in this post, this post is about decision paralysis, not insurance policies or retirement planning. I am not an insurance agent. I am not selling insurance. Similarly, I am not a certified retirement planner, and I am not selling retirement services. I make absolutely no money from selling or advertising Prudential products or services. If you are interested in learning more about insurance or retirement services, please contact a licensed agent for proper advice.

The following video illustrates a challenge many survivors of adversity face — decision paralysis. I began noticing decision-making challenges shortly after my brain surgery. I could make decisions, but the process of forming decisions was difficult and time consuming. Long ago, my challenge simply disappeared. I understand that it does not disappear so quickly for others. In addition, decision paralysis is not reserved for only brain injury survivors — I know many people with non-injured brains who definitely have difficulty making decisions. Furthermore, I am fairly certain Prudential would not have made the video for only those of us who have a brain injury or who are facing a significant adversity. Decision paralysis affects many people.

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If you are having difficulty making decisions, or you have advice for others who are having difficulty making decisions, leave your comments below this post.


Thanks to Tracy and Sue for helping me quickly overcome my decision-making paralysis; Pudential Retirement for making the video; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.




  1. One of my head injury symptoms is adynamia. I can think of and organize quite well within my head, but implementation is a huge issue. The old me would be able to actively knock out any number of goals on any given day. Now, unfortunately, it takes enormous effort to do anything at all. I need to research how I can rewire this part of my brain.

    1. Mary, I understand. I had a very similar problem. I spent a lot of time exercising my brain, heart, and muscles. I found that the symptoms, which are similar to those you described, disappeared over time. I cannot say for certain that anything I did made recovery possible, but I feel strongly that I gave my brain the tools it needed to recover. Time may have been a factor, but I knew my brain needed some help. If you would like a list of brain exercises I did, I can certainly write a list for you.

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