In decision making theory, Schwartz distinguished to types:
Maximizers and satisfiers. Although people can vary within decisionmaking in these two types, they mostly stick to it.
Maximizers: aims to maxmize his or her outcomes in that domain, desires the know an ultimate amount of information before making the optimal decision.
Satisfier: who chooses to satisfice. The satisficer is looking for something that crosses the threshold of acceptability - something that is good enough.
In studies the following things have been found about maximizers:
- Maximization is correlated with regret, perfectionism and depression.
- Maxmizers are more likely to engage in social comparison, and this effects their mood.
- Maximizers are more regretful and less happy with their consumer decisions than satisfiers.
- Although maximizers may be in general achieve better objective outcomes than satisficers, they are likely to experience these outcomes as worse subjectively.
I think as being an ISTJ I perfectly fit the maximizer description, since I always want to know a full array of options, to buy the best thing out there, choose the best job/study etc. I seldomly regret my purchases though, since I probably buy the best thing outthere, due to extensive research.
How do you guys feel about that? Are ISTJs maximizers? Is this personality bound?