Functional Freedom: A Psychological Model of Freedom in Decision-Making
AbstractThe freedom of a decision is not yet sufficiently described as a psychological variable. We present a model of functional decision freedom that aims to fill that role. The model conceptualizes functional freedom as a capacity of people that varies depending on certain conditions of a decision episode. It denotes an inner capability to consciously shape complex decisions according to one’s own values and needs. Functional freedom depends on three compensatory dimensions: it is greatest when the decision-maker is highly rational, when the structure of the decision is highly underdetermined, and when the decision process is strongly based on conscious thought and reflection. We outline possible research questions, argue for psychological benefits of functional decision freedom, and explicate the model’s implications on current knowledge and research. In conclusion, we show that functional freedom is a scientific variable, permitting an additional psychological foothold in research on freedom, and that is compatible with a deterministic worldview. View Full-Text
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Lau, S.; Hiemisch, A. Functional Freedom: A Psychological Model of Freedom in Decision-Making. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 41.
Lau S, Hiemisch A. Functional Freedom: A Psychological Model of Freedom in Decision-Making. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(3):41.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lau, Stephan; Hiemisch, Anette. 2017. "Functional Freedom: A Psychological Model of Freedom in Decision-Making." Behav. Sci. 7, no. 3: 41.
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