Barry Schwartz Quotes.

1. "The secret to happiness is low expectations."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

2. "Happiness as a goal is a recipe for disaster."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

3. "When people are looking for causes of failure, they are predisposed to one of these positions. Suppose you apply for a job, but fail to get hired. Here are some possible answers you give. Global: I don't look good on paper and I get nervous at interviews. Specific: I don't really know enough about the kinds of products they sell. To look good at an interview, I need more of a feel for the business. Chronic: I don't have a dynamic, take-charge kind of personality. It's not who I am. Transient: I had just recovered from the flu and had not been sleeping well. I wasn't at my best. Personal: The job was there for the taking. I just couldn't get it done. Universal: they probably already had an insider picked out; the job search was just for show, and no outsider would have gotten the job."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

4. "on "idea technology"--Science creates ideas, science creates ways of understanding. And in the social sciences, ways of understanding ourselves. And they have an enormous influence on how we think, what we aspire to, and how we act. ......idea technology may be the most profoundly important technology that science gives us.......we do have to worry about the theories we have of human nature, because human nature will be changed by the theories we have that are designed to explain and help us understand human beings....it is only human nature to have a human nature that is very much the product of the society in which people live. --TED The way we think about work is broken"
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

5. "Across many domains of psychology, one finds that X increases Y to a point, and then it decreases Y....There is no such thing as an unmitigated good. All positive traits, states, and experiences have costs that at high levels may begin to outweigh their benefits."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

6. "The discrepancy between logic and memory suggests that we don’t always know what we want."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

7. "If you shatter the fish bowl so that everything is possible you don't have freedom you have paralysis. Everybody needs a fishbowl."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

8. "The lesson here is that high expectations can be counter-productive. We probably can do more to affect the quality of our lives by controlling our expectations than we can by doing virtually anything else. The blessing of modest expectations is that they leave room for many experiences to be a pleasant surprise, a hedonic plus. The challenge is to find a way to keep expectations modest, even as actual experiences keep getting better."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

9. "We give disproportionate weight to whether yogurt is said to be five percent fat or 95 percent fat free. People seem to think that yogurt that is 95 percent fat free is a more healthful product than yogurt that has five percent fat."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

10. "Without wisdom, brilliance is not enough."
- Quote by Barry Schwartz

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