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Can Emotions Lead Us to be Rational?

There was a time when I struggled to figure out why I was so drawn to the study of Behavioral Economics. It's not a natural attraction, if you look at my academic history. I studied creative writing, English, and French literature. I was so woefully literary back then; I was just shy of keeping ravens as pets and wearing a cloak that perpetually billowed in non-existent wind.



Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But I did manage four years of only writing papers based on my interpretation of literature. Even in my history and science classes. And yet, the study of why we make stupid money decisions is fascinating to me, to the point where I have actually considered returning to school to get a degree in Economics. (My 21-year-old self would be horrified, but there you have it). After much reflection, I've managed to put my finger on what it is that interests me in Behavioral Economics: rational decision making. I am passionately interested in rationality and I strive to make the most rational decisions possible in my own life.