3.1 The Decisions We Make

The decisions we make are not based on just the moment we make them. The decisions we make are based on current and previous expectations met, exceeded or missed.

If faced with a decision of whether to have steak or fish, our previous expectations will determine our response. If our last order of fish missed our expectations, then we will likely order steak.

If a neighbor of ours recently died of mad cow disease and they ate regularly at the restaurant we are ordering from, this surprise would cause us to choose the fish. Although we have been aware of mad cow disease for many years, only until our neighbor died of it did we choose to pay attention to the dangers of it.

When we take a new job we believe that the “grass is greener” in that pasture. Our “Normal” attributes have us fantasize how much better tomorrow could be and influence our decisions we make today. How else could we decide to leave what we know for the unknown without fantasies?

Small decisions can be attributed to large events. Likewise large decisions can be influenced by small events. The decisions we make are really not ours to make. Our responses are already determined. The situation just needs to present itself.

All expectations are influenced by our 7 instinctual attributes of “Normal”. The actions we take are therefore “Normal”.
Most of our decisions we make come back to our “Normal” need for happiness. We have dreams, hopes, reluctance, feel special, are deluded and take risks so we can be happy.

3.2 What are Expectations

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