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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Jan 21, 2014

My guest today is Barry Schwartz, an American psychologist and author. He is a professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Schwartz’s psychological work is right there at the foundation of why any trader or investor will have success. 

The topics are his books The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less and Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Choice and practical wisdom
  • Choice in selecting a mutual fund, and how Schwartz has seen that unfold in corporations
  • The paradox of options
  • Having too much choice
  • Democracy and choice
  • The idea that decision-making has shifted from the expert to the individual
  • Why prescription drugs are marketed to people who can’t buy them outright
  • If choice drives clinical depression
  • Expectations
  • The idea of practical wisdom
  • Judgment and discretion in the workplace
  • Wisdom and the education system
  • Having a “script” from your employer that prevents you from thinking outside of the box
  • The importance of working with like-minded people
  • How things have changed since the 2008 financial crisis

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