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Life’s big decisions

Is there such a thing as women’s intuition? We ask Therese Huston, author of How Women Decide, about the difference between how men and women make decisions, and the impact it has on our world

What initially sparked your interest in the subject of women and decision-making?

People aren’t blind to gender – in fact, it’s one of the first things that they notice about a decision-maker. That can be problematic for women. There was a moment when this topic clicked for me. I was thumbing through a book on decision-making, a bestseller, and I noticed that all of the stories were about men. I propped open several other books on decision-making and, sure enough, they too focused primarily on men and their decisions. It seemed ‘gendered’ to study gender, but the topic kept nagging at me. It got me wondering what a book about women and decision-making might look like. There’s the notion that women are indecisive – that ‘it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind’ – and then there’s the mysterious notion of ‘women’s intuition’. My curiosity was stoked. What did research say about gender and decision-making?

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About Psychologies

This month, we’re urging you to ‘trust yourself’. Wonderful words but, not especially easy to put into practice. That’s why we’ve dedicated 18 pages in our dossier to discovering how to do exactly that – exploring everything from to how to turn up the volume of our inner wise woman, to looking at the latest research on making the best decisions. And it’s not what you think. Be inspired and get ready to move forward. Plus, how to reinvent your career and 10 of the best budget boltholes.