Q&A: Balancing the Facts and Our Emotions

Q: I’m a hyper-rational thinker who relies on facts alone. My girlfriend says emotions need to be a part of any decision-making process. What do you think about this?

Gary: I think both of you are right. We need to think before we make decisions, but we also need to acknowledge our feelings. We are thinking, feeling creatures and every decision we make should involve both of them. Being honest about our feelings and getting the facts straight are both integral parts of making the right decisions. So, I wouldn’t fight over either/or; I would incorporate both.