Choice consists of the mental process of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one or more of them. While a choice can be made between imagined options ("what would I do if ...?"), often a choice is made between real options and followed by the corresponding action. For example, a route for a journey is chosen based on the preference of arriving at a given destination as soon as possible. The preferred (and therefore chosen) route is then derived from information about how long each of the possible routes take. This can be done by a route planner. If the preference is more complex, such as involving the scenery of the route, cognition and feeling are more intertwined, and the choice is less easy to delegate to a computer program or assistant.
More complex examples (often decisions that affect what a person thinks or their core beliefs) include choosing a lifestyle, religious affiliation, or political position.
Most people regard having choices as a good thing, though a severely limited or artificially restricted choice can lead to discomfort with choosing and possibly, an unsatisfactory outcome. In contrast, unlimited choice may lead to confusion, regret of the alternatives not taken, and indifference in an unstructured existence; and the illusion that choosing an object or a course leads necessarily to control of that object or course can cause psychological problems.
Other articles related to "choice":
... The sign choice for time in frames of reference and proper time + for future and − for past is universally accepted ... The choice of in the Dirac equation ... for the imaginary part of permittivity (in fact dictated by the choice of sign for time-dependence) The signs of distances and radii of curvature of optical surfaces in optics The ...
... Former brands associated with Fred Meyer were My-Te-Fine, President's Choice, Fred Bear, F ... Meyer First Choice, Personal Choice, and Perfect Choice ...
... Year Group Award Result Title 2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star - Female Nominated One Tree Hill Choice TV Actress Drama/Action/Adventure ...
... in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance Male Nominated Choice TV Actor Comedy ...
... A trilemma is a difficult choice from three options, each of which is (or appears) unacceptable or unfavourable ... two logically equivalent ways in which to express a trilemma it can be expressed as a choice among three unfavourable options, one of which must be chosen, or ... The term derives from the much older term dilemma, a choice between two or more difficult or unfavourable alternatives ...
Famous quotes containing the word choice:
“By choice they made themselves immune
To pity and whatever moans in man
Before the last sea and the hapless stars;
Whatever mourns when many leave these shores;
The eternal reciprocity of tears.”
—Wilfred Owen (18931918)
“The question of place and climate is most closely related to the question of nutrition. Nobody is free to live everywhere; and whoever has to solve great problems that challenge all his strength actually has a very restricted choice in this matter. The influence of climate on our metabolism, its retardation, its acceleration, goes so far that a mistaken choice of place and climate can not only estrange a man from his task but can actually keep it from him: he never gets to see it.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“If we pretend to respect the artist at all, we must allow him his freedom of choice, in the face, in particular cases, of innumerable presumptions that the choice will not fructify. Art derives a considerable part of its beneficial exercise from flying in the face of presumptions.”
—Henry James (18431916)