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Good Enough

In his article “The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less,” Psychologist Barry Schwartz notes that “maximizers,” or people who insist on “finding the very best” when making a decision, whether it be about attending college or buying a laptop, are more likely to be dis-satisfied with their lives and at a greater risk of clinical depression than those who settle for “good enough” when making these decisions. This principle of optimization, which the dictionary defines as “being as fully perfect, functional or effective as possible” thrives in an atmosphere of consumerism and discontent driven by our insecurity that we will ever do enough, have enough or be enough to satisfy the critics, both int

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