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Why do we do the things we end up doing every day? Do we love all of them? What about choice? Do our beliefs matter?

Why do we do the things we end up doing every day? Do we love all of them? What about choice? Do our beliefs matter?

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Why we do what we do Why we do what we do Presentation Transcript

  • Why
  •   We
  •   Do
  •    What
  •   We
  •   Do Vikram
  •   Bhaskaran rand(this.thursday);
  • We do things we believe will make us happy ...(duh)
  • Actions... Not things It’s not our abilities that define who we are, but rather our choices that doesn’t seem right...
  • What are the things we do... Desire: Ability: Stuff we CAN do (Stuff we end up doing) Stuff we Choice WANT to do
  • How much do we control what we do? 42% 7% 5% 8% 28% 10% Social Societal Circumstantial Environmental Sub conscious Conscious
  • 95% of our actions are things outside our control... But the remaining 5% makes all the difference!
  • So how do we choose? U IL T Y IT
  • Utility Theory maximize u(money, time, effort) subject to: ey, time, effort) = bu dget f(mon
  • Choices => Preferences Complete > Reflexive = => = Transivitve > > => > Continuous > ~ => > Monotonic > Diminishing rate of substitution
  • Or more specifically (Gains x winning - Loss x risk) Maximize gains, minimize loss
  • But what’s a win / lose? Gains are over rated Losses are subconsciously tied to the risk Your win is peanuts to me Gambler’s
  •   fallacy
  •   |
  •   Cognitive
  •   dissonance
  •   |
  •   Bounded
  •    rationality
  •   |
  •   Self-serving
  •   bias
  •   |
  •   Belief
  •   bias
  •   |
  •    Hindsight
  •   |
  •   Choice-supportive
  •   bias
  •   |
  •   Exposure
  •   effect
  •    |
  •   Outcome
  •   bias
  •   
  • Plus some choices aren’t rational. Right?
  • We do things we believe will make us happy
  • What do YOU believe in? individual egoism moral absolutism rational egoism graded absolutism personal egoism lesser evil universal egoism
  • Why is that a big deal? your beliefs drive your world view
  • And that drives what we want... Joy of expression Joy of failure Joy of abundance Joy of family Joy of social welfare
  • Religious people are definitely happier *but only in otherwise religious places
  • Rational (intelligent) people are happier by this much
  • We do things we believe will make us happy
  • So we constantly predict... our future happiness?
  • So we constantly predict... our future happiness? kinda... except we suck
  • What we thought 2000 would be like this in 1910
  • How we predict: the crystal ball inside Phineas
  •   Gage Morphy
  • Except our crystals are screwed.. a bit Risk is bad. Terrible terrible bad.
  • To sum it up.. Our brain wants to maximize happiness Our genes make sure we’re least upset We suck at predicting both
  • Luckily... That’s ok Because we don’t know what makes us happy!!!
  • We do things we believe will make us happy
  • What is happiness? Money Things Intelligence Actions
  • All... and none..
  • Mostly... It’s your parents 50% of happiness is genetic -Sonja
  •   Lyubomirsky (big
  •   ass
  •   psychologist) But you control 40%
  • What really makes us happy?
  • What really makes us happy? Pleasure - things are pretty big
  • What really makes us happy? Pleasure - things are pretty big Engagement - nothing like being in the flow
  • What really makes us happy? Pleasure - things are pretty big Engagement - nothing like being in the flow Relationships - friends, love and society
  • What really makes us happy? Pleasure - things are pretty big Engagement - nothing like being in the flow Relationships - friends, love and society Meaning - a grander purpose to go on
  • What really makes us happy? Pleasure - things are pretty big Engagement - nothing like being in the flow Relationships - friends, love and society Meaning - a grander purpose to go on Accomplishments - things to be proud of
  • The deal is to go with the flow Mihaly (another super smart dude)
  • So where does that leave us? We can’t control the things you can’t or have to do Beliefs trump rationale We WILL flex our beliefs to match our worldview (cognitive dissonance) We suck at predictions, but that won’t stop us from trying At the end of the day, we just want to maximize our u(x...) PERMA beats genetics
  • If
  •   you
  •   love
  •   doing
  •   what
  •    you
  •   do...
  •   KUDOS
  • And
  •   that’s
  •   Why
  •   We
  •   Do
  •    What
  •   We
  •   Do (or
  •   at
  •   least
  •   should
  •   be...) Vikram
  •   Bhaskaran rand(this.thursday);