The world we currently live in is surrounded by knowledge and facts. The internet has become the go-to place to search for new information, the answer to a riddle, a funny skit or even medical diagnosis. The question is often asked whether we can sometimes wait for too much information before we make a decision and in that respect how much is too much.
The late General Colin Powell famously quoted the 40-70% rule of decision-making. The rule would state that, if you make a decision with less than 40% of the information you were making a guess - a stab in the dark approach, shooting from the hip. There wouldn’t have been enough information to assess the risks, consequences and the possible outcomes of taking such a decision. While there was a chance that you could succeed you could just as likely, fail.
If however, you wait to make a decision until you know more than 70% of the information then you may have waited too long...
While many of us will have heard about PTSD it may be a surprise to find that covid-19 has led to psychologists categorising the pandemic as a collective trauma. Their reasoning was because it was experienced by all and its psychological impacts were felt by many. Data collected by Case Western Reserve University from 556 adults revealed a number of interesting statistics:
59% felt highly alert feelings and reactions
58% reported negative moods
30% were avoiding distressing thoughts and feelings
12% were recalling unwanted memories
86% reported 1 or more trauma symptoms
Furthermore, covid-19 has also led to a generalised loss of normalcy, lack of control of one’s life and a loss of trust in public systems. The researchers stated that 94% people reported at least one symptom of grief and 23% admitted to sensations of overwhelm.
With this in mind, how does an individual or society as a whole, repair the effects of such significant life...