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Decidophobia is, according to Princeton University philosopher Walter Kaufmann, a fear of making decisions. He coined the term in his 1973 book Without Guilt and Justice[1] in which he writes about the phenomenon at length. Due to the way the world works it is very common

In Without Guilt and Justice, Kaufman describes people who lack the courage or will to sort through the different sides in disagreements to find the truth. They would rather leave the deciding of what is the truth to some authority such as a parent or spouse, or a church, university, or political party. Once the decidophobe has relinquished authority to decide the truth then they will accept as truth anything argued by that authority.


  1. ^ Kaufmann, Walter, Arnold (1973). Without guilt and justice: from decidophobia to autonomy. New York: P. H. Wyden. p. 273. 

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