How much control do we have over our actions? Is it possible that in fact, our choices aren’t as representative of us as they may seem? As is shown with Instinct Theory, we almost aimlessly follow our programming. (This is very much against being in the moment) But, to be left to just that would be a discredit to decision-making universally. And so, it begs the question, how much does impulse affect our choices, our actions, and our lives? That answer depends on which of these two groups you fall into.
What is Instinct Theory?
Instinct Theory, or more specifically the instinct theory of motivation, refers to our impulse in decision-making. It states that our choices, just like that of animals, are engrained and responsive. How much does it still impact our choices today?
Introducing The Impulse Factor
What we’ve recently begun to understand, thanks to The Impulse Factor, is that which type of person we are will choose our level of impulse. In fact, it comes down to which group you fall into, the risk-averse or the more impulsive. Before we get into why having impulse can be more valuable, let’s look into which group we fall into and why.
100/0 of $1,000 or 50/50 of $2,000
You have two choices. You can grab $1,000, or you can choose to bet it all for a 50/50 chance to win $2,000. Which do you choose? How might you decide which is the right choice and which is not so much? Well, here’s the thing, neither is wrong. When mapped out for say ten consecutive picks, they average out. It’s when we apply our impression to it, our belief, that we color it right or wrong.
Are You Reward-Focused?
If you picked the chance to win $2,000 you’re reward-focused. These reward-focused people are more often impulsive and more likely to make quick decisions. Their focus remains not on the risks, but instead on which provides the most reward.
Where it Helps to Have Impulse
Maybe you’re not reward-focused, or maybe you are. Up until this point, impulsivity has been shown in a negative light. People’s choices should be made with all options thought out and only then, right? Well, no, and this is where instinct theory takes hold or especially its counterpart, impulse. In this calm, removed scenario it’s easy to feel that taking the $1,000 is the sensible thing. But the thing is when applied to life, you won’t have forever to think it through.
Time isn’t free. It isn’t infinite, and we don’t know how much we have to play with. Impulse helps up to make decisions that if weren’t made immediately, may not have been made at all. Of course, the impulsive choice isn’t always the right one. I’m sure even saying impulse makes someone think of a disrespectful kid or adrenaline-seeking junkie. But, I want to stress the fact that this impulse isn’t always so detrimental. It adds speed to a much needed part of us.
Maybe That’s Good?
Instinct theory depicts us as disconnected from fully influencing our decisions, and it stresses why impulse is necessary. Our impulses provide quicker decision-making and ensure confidence alongside these choices that otherwise would leave decisions weaker.
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