Behavior: Avoiding Decisions

Most of the phobias known to behavioral scientists are relatively rare afflictions. There are, for example, only a few victims of erythrophobia (the fear of blushing) and fewer yet of melissophobia (fear of bees) or panto-phobia (fear of everything). But Princeton University Philosopher Walter Kaufmann says that there is one age-old but hitherto unrecognized fear that is nearly universal. It is "decidophobia" —the morbid dread of making fateful decisions.

In his forthcoming book Beyond Guilt and Justice, to be published next winter, Kaufmann states that contemporary man has succumbed to decidophobia and in the process limited his freedom to mold his character...

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