Human Emotion And Decision Making Process Essay

1233 Words Aug 28th, 2016 5 Pages
1.0 Introduction
Human emotion contributes to decision-making process, however, it has always been viewed as an impediment in the quest of sensible decisions. Consequently, any exhaustive account of foreign policy-decision making should consider the impact of emotion such as anger, humiliation, revenge or fear when arriving at some decisions. Leaders – who run states – all over make decisions based on their own personalities, cultural values, experience, and basic emotion at a particular time. Schafer and Crichlow (2010) note that the decision-process within the state is fundamentally an individual process filled with those things that are human such as errors, biases, personalities and interpretations (p. 9). But the emotion experienced during the decision making time contributes to the outcome of the decision. Therefore, the cognitive and psychological aspect of human thinking is partly responsible for the response and reactions viewed around the world as regards to foreign policy decisions. The emotional aspect of decision-making influences other factors such as group think even though each individual within a group experiences his or her own emotion and has a way of thinking. According to Aquilar and Galluccio (2010), some individuals within the context of decision-making, tend to rely on group think processes that seek unanimity and solidarity, while the decision arrived at is based on an emotion that majority of the group members share (p. 91). This paper aims to…

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