Word of the Weekend: Decidophobia

Decidophobia is the fear of making decisions.The word decidophobia was first mentioned by Princeton University philosopher Walter Kaufmann in his 1973 bookWithout guilt and justice[1] in which he writes about the phobia in length.

In Without Guilt and Justice, Kaufman describes people with decidophobia as 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. This might be a parent or spouse. It might be a church or university or a 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. pp. 273.


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