I am reblogging this because it is very important to understand that their is NO One Way. The very nature of the informed decision means that we will come to different conclusions: “different people facing similar decisions will make different choices.”
You will know you have reached an informed decision because you will be comfortable and confident in your choice AND the choices of others.
If you find yourself feeling strongly (angry, frustrated, annoyed) about someone else’s decision or thought process…step back and ask yourself ,”why?”.
In the words of Atticus:
““Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”
“…but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.”
“You never really know a [person] until you stand in [their] shoes and walk around in them”
“you never really understand a person until you consider things from [their] point of view- until you climb into [their] skin and walk around in it.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
An informed decision is more than just information gathering.
An informed decision = new information + old information + current circumstances.
Ideally this comes from unbiased evidence-based sources. The information needs to be relevant to the individual and interpreted into understanding. This info builds on old info.
This includes personal experiences, including childhood ones, anecdotal information and even unbiased evidence-based information previously understood. Old info will influence how you understand and accept new info. This may mean hurdles, challenges or confirmation of ideas. It may even lead to rather muddled and confused ideas. It is important to first unravel the old information, question it, consider it and accept, reject, or alter it using the new info.
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