Maria Konnikova explores the science behind why having so many good choices makes us anxious: http://nyr.kr/1uPMbWL
“Unsurprisingly, when people were asked to decide between something like an iPod and a bag of pretzels, they didn’t feel particularly anxious: the choice was clear and life was good. When both choices were low in value, the emotions were similarly clear-cut. No one was particularly happy, but neither were they anxious. But when multiple highly-positive options were available—a digital camera and a camcorder, say—anxiety skyrocketed.”
Photograph by Bruno Barbey/Magnum.