When a person makes a decision there is always the possibility of regretting that decision later.


Elements of decision regret:

(1) Something important had to be decided on.

(2) The person made a decision.

(3) The person lives long enough to see the outcome of that decision.

(4) The decision is viewed in hind-sight as being a poor choice, or else that another choice would have been better.


Factors contributing to regret:

(1) Complications that the person was not fully aware of (unexpected).

(2) Problems associated with how the decision was made (rushed, incomplete information, etc).

(3) Current quality of life poor or suboptimal.

(4) The presence of depression and anger.


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