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How anxiety impacts decision-making

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.

1. You’ll be unable to accurately interpret environmental cues and context. A recent study found that when you’re anxious, you have trouble understanding whether you’re in a stable or changing situation, resulting in bad decision-making.

2. You’ll be less confident in your decision. In 2013, Francesca Gino found that 90% of people feeling anxious opted to seek advice (only 72% of those in a neutral state did the same).

3. You’ll be more selfish and less ethical. According to the University of Minnesota, when you’re afraid, you adopt a survivalist mindset. You take less time to reflect on the consequences of your actions.

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