chapter  11
14 Pages


ByJonathan David Lewis

The culmination of everything The Wild has to teach us is found in the moment in which insight meets action. Dr. Christopher J. Anderson goes on to explain that decision avoidance is rooted in four common psychological phenomena: choice deferral, status quo bias, omission bias, and inaction inertia. Choice deferral means that people tend to postpone choices when uncertainty is high until they are able to understand the process in which that uncertainty will be reduced. Status quo bias explains how most people, most of the time, prefer for things to stay the same. Omission bias characterizes the fallacy that inaction is somehow safer or more moral than taking action. Inaction inertia is a fascinating phenomenon in which the decision to not take action on an initial opportunity decreases the likelihood of taking action on subsequent opportunities, regardless of their merit. Inaction inertia usually rears its ugly head in the form of perpetual planning.