Human Factors

When not to make decisions

Lesson 9

Now for the times when you should not place yourself in a position when you have to make decisions.

  1. Depression: The brain is over-ridden with internal stimuli and the APC will not allow rational memory recall and, if forced, the decision will be a bad one.
  2. Medications: Do not use Anxiolytics (Anti-anxiety drugs), Sedative or Sleeper medications prior to any flight. These medications cast a shadow on the interpretative ability of the brain.
  3. Multiple decisions made without clear thought and experience can create new problems. So analyze each situation on its own merit. Resident in us is a capacity to evaluate, hazardous, uncertain and conflicting information. It is by virtue of knowledge, experience and practice that we are able to make good decisions.
  4. Never change the perception of a problem to suit a pre-conceived desirable decision. The results may not coincide with the problem and potentially create another ugly problem. Humans have tendency to lie to themselves more than to others.
  5. Never squander time with negative thoughts. Time is scarce and a valuable commodity, use it carefully to evaluate your thoughts to allow a decision to emerge. Decision-making is a step-ladder process that begins with: “Problem- Recognition,” then requires the individual to think (“Immerse”) about the problem, which leads to “Insight” based on logical previous experience and known information, which ultimately leads to a “Verified Decision”.

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