Sanity and Choice

  • Vlad Beliavsky


We have determined that many associate free will with choice, including Freud and Rogers. It is time to say more about the benefits of choosing. The goal of this chapter will be to examine the pros and cons of personal choosing, focusing on mental well-being. At first, I will review some studies on the positive impact of personal choice, such as increased intrinsic motivation, better task performance, and enhanced mental well-being. After that, I will consider the studies which reveal the negative effects related to choosing. Finally, I will investigate Skinner’s argument that social thriving can be achieved under complete external control over people as opposed to letting individuals make personal choices, which are often wrong and debilitating.


Choice Personal causation Need for autonomy External control Skinner 


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  • Vlad Beliavsky
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  1. 1.Psychology, PhilosophyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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