Hick's Law

Posted by Telluric Group on

Given a choice, I’ll make a good decision…given several choices, a positive outcome is far less likely. This little gem of knuckle dragger wisdom comes to us courtesy of “Hick’s Law” better known to students of psychology as the Hick-Hyman law. Put simply: these two gents figured out that the more choices we have the longer it takes us to make a decision. That may seem like “common sense” to the more experienced among us but take a second and think about how this applies to our lives. More to the point: think about how it applies to fighting for our lives. The more options I have to defend, say… a right hook, the less likely I am to be able to deploy one of them in time to prevent my chin from doing it all alone. It doesn’t take much of a look to decide that fewer options are better where extremis is concerned.

Key take away? Train hard. Simplify your tools and tactics. The more you have to think about the less you will put into action quickly.

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