Nicole Clark–Rebuttal Essay

Spur of the Moment

Decisions are made each and every day.  They vary from what outfit to wear to what car to buy.  The saying, “Go with your gut” is heard all of the time.  This saying sounds so simple and easy when making a serious decision.  Going with your gut is considered a fast way to make a decision and come to a conclusion.  The question remains whether the outcome is always positive when making a spur of the moment decision?

Making a quick decision is not the best way to come to a final conclusion.  Many believe that going off of first instinct is always right or one’s gut decision is the best in the decision making process.  These assumptions are not true at all.  Sleeping on a decision is known as a great and easy way to come to the best conclusion in the decision making process.  When a decision is made with an individual’s first instinct, the amount of information needed in making the decision is not completely there.  Sleeping on the decision allows the brain to gather all of the information and data it needs in the decision making process.  Being able to weigh the pros and cons of a situation is extremely important when making decisions.  Sleeping on it gives the the individual a chance to focus on the issue at hand instead of letting other factors affect the decision.

Going with your gut is commonly used when making a quick decision.  Why wait when the problem can be solved and over with?  An individual may want to express their immediate emotions about the situation and might think that they will feel relieved or content afterwards.  This may happen immediately after, but after replaying the situation, one may realize that their spur of the moment decision was not the best to do.  Getting problems off of one’s chest seems so easy but it is not considered the best way to make a decision.  Sleeping on a decision and using unconscious thought is known as the best way to make an important decision.  Unconscious thought is not known by many as the key in the decision making process.  Why use unconscious thought when an individual could use their conscious thought?  Unconscious and conscious thought are each very interesting.  It seems obvious when dealing with thought processes; the unconscious thought does not use attention whereas conscious thought does.  Surprisingly, the two thought processes work together in the decision making process.  Without each other, the decision making process would fail to pursue the goal of coming to results.  In conclusion, unconscious thought is needed in the decision making process to help create quality decisions.

After making a serious decision, many people regret their choice and want to change it right after.  The feeling of regret is a serious issue and could affect the result of the decision after it is made.  This feeling could be avoided after sleeping on the decision.  Knowing all of the information regarding a choice to be made could affect the decision entirely.  Sleeping on a decision can avoid the stress related issues that could erupt after it is decided.

It sounds so easy when making a decision based off one’s first instinct but it could be even easier to sleep through it.  The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke state, “Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. We now know that our brains are very active during sleep. Moreover, sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways that we are just beginning to understand.”  Sleeping is known to shut down all factors going on in an individual’s life and focus on the main decision that needs to be made.  Sleeping on a decision is also a great way to relax and escape from the rest of the world.  The next day, a refreshing feeling will be felt after a long decision process.

Works Cited:

“Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep.” : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.

Dijksterhuis, Ap, and Loran F. Nordgren. JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2013

“The Unconscious Mind.” The Unconscious Mind. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.

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One Response to Nicole Clark–Rebuttal Essay

  1. davidbdale says:

    Hey, Nicole!

    P1. It’s true decisions are made every day. And that they are decisions of different sorts. And that people say “go with your gut.” And that it sounds dangerous to go with your gut when making an important decision. Yes, gut decisions are quick decisions, but why is speed beneficial when the stakes are high? You haven’t said yet that “spur of the moment” decisions are positive or negative, only that they’re simple, easy, and fast. So why does “the question remain” whether they’re positive?

    More importantly, where’s the sentence that compels me to read P2? The danger I added to your fourth sentence is a clue.

    P2. Begins just as P1 began, contemplating again the outcome of quick decisions. Many believe instincts provide good guidance. You say that’s not completely true. Taking your time is another “great and easy” alternative.

    Then: you introduce the danger: not enough information is available. Time permits the brain to gather and compare the data.

    Where are the cows, Nicole? Where are the chips?

    Imagine an opening paragraph that began:

    The President has two decisions to make today: 1) which DC school to send his daughter to study at; 2) whether to press for new gun control laws following the Sandy Hook slaughter. In one case, we want our President to “go with his gut,” since he already has enough background knowledge to make a sound decision. In the other, we want him to carefully deliberate the alternatives because he’s new to DC and doesn’t know enough about the schools.

    See what I mean? If you use an illustration to engage your readers’ attention, you can get them to do a lot of the reasoning for themselves while at the same time surprising and persuading them.

    P3. Fails for grammar Rule 12. Use the president again instead of “YOU.” I permit you to make up stuff about the president, but I forbid you to address your reader as “you.”

    P4. The President is more likely to regret the choice he makes about his daughter, even if he carefully considered all the data available at the time. He’ll think: well, if I had only taken more time to learn THAT!

    He’s less likely to regret pushing for more gun control because it was a deep personal reaction from his core values that he won’t question later. He may decide it wasn’t a strategically sound political decision, but he won’t regret the impulse behind the gut reaction.

    P5. Eventually, I believe, “sleeping on it” just gives us time to rationalize the gut decision we would have made if we had to decide more quickly. That extra data we gather isn’t to help us reason out the problem, it’s to help us explain our choices.

    Anyway, I hope the Cows and Chips advice helps.

    Grade recorded, but provisional. You may still revise and drop a comment here to alert me to your changes.

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