Auto-Tuning of Human Output: The Influences that Tune our Choices

Team IIBP Anveshan, Business Psychology, Corporate Social Responsibility, Emotional Intelligence, Employee Engagement, General Psychology, Issue 38, Organizational Culture, Organizational Development, Volume 4

Mr. Kaushik Chakrabarty

In the vast landscape of decision-making, the intricacies of human behavior and actions are often auto tuned by the subtle yet profound forces of social influence. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating realm of how our choices are molded by the environment and the

people around us, leading to a conscious shift in our verbal and behavioral outputs.

Steering clear of complex theories and academic jargon, we will explore practical scenarios that resonate with every reader. Imagine yourself in a professional setting, where you are expected to communicate effectively both in personal and work-related conversations. Certain groups might perceive you as an outlier if you use technical jargon, while others expect you to engage in high-level discussions even during casual encounters. Striking a balance in such situations becomes crucial, and this dynamic equilibrium of communication shapes our behavioral responses.

Consider the influence of surroundings on our purchasing decisions. A visit to a cheaper market might prompt the seller to persuade you to overlook quality and bargain less. Conversely, in an elite setting, you could be encouraged to indulge in lavish purchases, disregarding price concerns. Although you may possess strong decision-making skills, these external nudges have a subtle impact on your behavior. Family dynamics can also significantly affect decision-making. Often, family members may doubt your advice and prefer to heed the counsel of

someone else they have known for longer. Despite your knowledge and competence, their skepticism can sway their actions and choices, which may not always be in their best interest.

In the realm of public spaces, an encounter with an unknown challenger may prompt conflicting emotions. While your inner self may yearn to assert dominance, reality dictates that influential positions often come with security and protection. The external social input influences your restraint, making you opt for a peaceful response rather than succumbing to confrontations.

Throughout life, we find ourselves navigating various crowds – at school, college, among friends, and beyond. Some groups exude an air of tranquility, engaging in thoughtful discussions, while others exude a rough and tough demeanor, demanding a similar response. It is not uncommon to feel like an outsider in certain circles, where critical topics are shunned, or, conversely, being overwhelmed by erudite conversations. Our responses to such settings get tuned, molding our actions and attitudes accordingly.

The impact of external social inputs extends to specific settings where our choices are visibly magnified. We might rue our lack of formality in professional environments where decorum is highly regarded. Similarly, there are scenarios where only an assertive and daring version of ourselves can thrive.

In conclusion, the science of decision-making is intricately intertwined with the power of social influence. Our choices, behaviors, and responses to others are constantly auto-tuned by the prevailing circumstances and the people we interact with. Acknowledging this phenomenon enables us to become more conscious decision-makers, fostering a deeper understanding of the forces that shape our actions. So, as you embark on your journey through life’s myriad choices, be mindful of the subtle auto-tuning that occurs, and embrace the power to shape your destiny with newfound awareness. Remember, every decision is a masterpiece orchestrated by the symphony of social influence and your inner self.