Why wait? - Men
are more decisive than women, it has emerged!¿
WELL this will get you all
talking, we hope... A study of 2,000 people by OnePoll, between 6
May 2014 and 8 May 2014, for Origin Leisure has resulted in some
interesting reading! The study has found men are twice as likely to
make a decision 'straight away' than women, when
looking into the nature of decision making and the thought processes
The research asked men and women to evaluate their decisions in life
and unsurprisingly found women are much more likely to consider the
opinions of friends and take time on their choices while men adopt a
more immediate process.
A quarter of women said their approach was often to spend a long
time mulling over the details of a decision before making it, but
less than a 5th of men take the same approach.
The study also found that even though women take longer to reach
their decisions overall, they are more likely to regret the choice
they made further down the line.
Women are also twice as likely to consult their partner and get
their opinion before making a decision as were men, results showed.
The research, which was commissioned by indoor swimming pool
builders Origin Leisure, found the head really does rule the heart
with Brits more than 4 times more likely to make a decision with
their head than go on what the heart says.
When a choice does require a bit of soul searching, surprisingly
women are more likely to do something 'from the heart'
than are blokes!
Psychologist Cliff Arnall said that:- "There are stark
differences between how men and women make decisions. Women's
significant reliance on others plus a reluctance to make a wrong
decision points to a measurable lack of confidence compared to men.
Weighing up different outcomes and scenarios may seem like a good
strategy but it appears to be accompanied by increasing levels of
stress and uncertainty. Going round in circles soon becomes
counterproductive and leads to decision paralysis and feelings of
The study also found a quarter of Brits find it easier to make
really big decisions than they do smaller ones; trusting their gut
for 'life changing' choices like whether or not to buy
a house or propose to a partner, but then agonising over things like
buying jeans or new shoes.
Cliff Arnall adds:- "Heart and gut feelings operate at a much
faster and more primitive level than regular thought processes. The
heart is based on emotion, the gut on survival. Gut feelings
shouldn't be dismissed as rash; 95% of the human body's feel good
neurotransmitter serotonin is produced by the gut."
Women are more likely than men to change their minds overall;
showing more indecision when it comes to buying shoes or jeans. also
like whether or not to book a holiday.
They also take longer to make up their minds on work matters like
whether or not to hand notice in and move job and suffer the most
back and 4th on decisions around changing the look of the house or
However, men showed more indecision than the fairer sex when it came
to putting an offer in for a house, talking to someone they find
attractive or deciding whether or not to ask a partner to move in.
When thinking about the big decisions made in their lives so far-
women were more likely to cite starting a family as the biggest
they'd made, while men chose the financial commitment of choosing to
buy a property.
Interestingly, women were more likely than men to feel they get the
smaller decisions wrong in life, while men are the gender most
likely to feel they get big decisions wrong overall.
In fact the results have found that 7 in 10 are prone to making bad
decisions and more than half the 2,000 men and women studied felt
they are indecisive.
But certain decisions come fast; 1 in 5 people in relationships knew
they wanted to be with their partner within minutes of meeting.
Men know sooner after meeting someone if they want to be in a
relationship with that person; 41% make up their minds on the same
day compared to less than a third of women.
And a third of homeowners knew their current property was for them
almost instantly upon viewing it.
Other property decisions don't come so fast, results showed the
number of potential upgrades to the home currently being considered
by the average homeowner with a new kitchen or bathroom top of the
While redesigning the garden, getting a conservatory and even adding
a Jacuzzi, hot tub or swimming pool are currently being mulled over
Gary Taylor of Origin Leisure added that:- "It's clear from
our research that many people make decisions with an acute sense of
how it will impact friends, family and loved ones. These decisions
are incredibly motivating and often offer lasting happiness. We see
this many times over in our line of business. Don't agonise over a
decision that will make you and your whole family happy, just get
on, listen to your gut instinct and enjoy it!"
Psychologist Cliff Arnall offers some remedies for indecision:-
1. Adopt an attitude of boldness. If you're not feeling it then
2. Get all the information you reasonably can. Acknowledging that
90% or 100% is rarely possible aim to gather 80% of the information
you need to make your decision.
3. Write down the pros and cons of making the decision. Don't hold
back - being brutally truthful and open at this stage can save much
stress later on.
4. Write down the very worst thing that can happen, eg. lose all
your savings, become homeless, be thought of as a failure by your
5. Talk separately to your 3 closest friends and get a dispassionate
opinion from them but you'll need to give them permission to tell
you what they really think!
6. Are your head, heart and gut aligned? If not sleep on it for a
day or 2.
7. Set yourself a date and a time at which point you will decide
either way. Suggestion is between 5 and 10 days, eg. by the 17 July
2014, at noon I will make my decision with conviction come what may.
So what do you, our readers, think
of these findings? Email us your views and thoughts about this
report to our newsroom via:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know today!
The Search for
Annie and her orphan friends is on as auditions are announced
THE Birkenhead Operatic
Society Trust (BOST) are seeking enthusiastic, talented young girls
to star in the production and are holding auditions to find Annie
and her orphan friends on the mornings of Saturday, 28 June and
Sunday, 29 June 2014. This production will be returning to the
Liverpool Empire over 27 November to 30 November 2014. The auditions
are free; however, everyone must pre-register by completing and
returning an application form, together with 2 passport photographs;
other formats will not be accepted as these are required for
identification and licensing purposes. The deadline to return
completed application forms top the Empire has been extended to
10am, on Monday, 23 June 2014. Those wishing to audition should be
between the ages of 6 and 15 years old and must be no taller than
4ft 9inches. No experience is necessary. Auditions will take place
at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and those auditioning will need to
prepare the song:- 'The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow'. A recall audition
will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 29 June 2014, at BOST
Headquarters. Following this, shortlisted girls will be invited to a
final audition at BOST headquarters in Birkenhead and will be
informed of the outcome that day. Weekly rehearsals for the chosen
girls will be held at BOST Headquarters in Birkenhead, commencing in
July, with additional Sunday rehearsals with the full cast, starting
6 weeks before the show opens. BOST's Director Elsie Kelly,
well known from ITV's Benidorm, said:- "We are looking for
confident and enthusiastic girls to audition for the roles of Annie
and her orphan friends. Last time we staged this show, our cast
included 10 year old Stephanie Davis from Liverpool as Annie. She
went on to be a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC show 'Over the
Rainbow' and now plays Sinead O'Connor in 'Hollyoaks'. Hopefully we
can discover more stars of the future this time around."
Elsie added:- "We chose
'Annie' as our next major production because it is a feel good,
family musical which will be enjoyed by audiences and the cast
alike. The production will also allow us to showcase talented,
local, young performers and help them further their interest in
theatre." For further information and to download an
application form, please visit:-
click on the 'Creative Learning' tab. BOST will
also be looking to cast a local dog to star alongside Annie, and
details of these auditions will be announced nearer the show. If you
did not know who BOST are, well they are an award winning musical
theatre society which strives to provide the best in live theatrical
entertainment in the Northwest. Based on Merseyside, they have a
membership of over 100, involving people both on and off stage. BOST
perform large scale productions annually at the Empire Theatre in
Liverpool and also perform concerts and shows at other theatres on
both sides of the Mersey. Recent shows have included:- 'The
Sound of Music', Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'
and 'Guys and Dolls'.
Something New at Prescot Festival
PRESCOT'S 10th Annual Arts
and Music Festival promises a host of tested classics among newer
offerings. The event takes place 20 June 2014, with a opening night,
with Phoenix Concert Orchestra, features such popular 'light
music' melodies as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and
Puffin' Billy, better known as the theme to Radio 4's Children's
Favourites. Professor Dr Ian Tracey, of Liverpool Cathedral, returns
to the parish where he began his musical career, to give a 'Top of
the Organ Pops' recital that includes Albinoni's Adagio and Bach's
Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The Prescot Festival welcomes
Centenary Theatre Company for the 1st time, with a programme of
songs from hit shows including Rent, My Fair Lady and Les Misérables.
Foden's Band; currently at no. 3 in the world brass rankings; also
makes its Prescot debut, with a Gala Concert in celebration of the
Festival's 10th year. Also in honour of the Anniversary, Parish
Organist Tim Hall will premiere a new piece by festival founder and
director Dr Robert Howard, a teacher at St Edward's College. The
10th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs until
Sunday, 29 June 2014. The full schedule is online at:-
Storytelling Through Photography With Cristina de Middel
TELL fictional stories
using photography and create your very own 'dummy'
photobook under the guidance of self publishing expert Cristina de
Middel in a special master class at Open Eye Gallery. The workshop
will mix fact and fiction; participants will learn how to use
photography in a non-documentary way, instead using their cameras as
powerful new tools in fictional storytelling. The cost for this
event is £250 full price and £220 concession. Places are limited and
participants are required to use their own digital camera equipment.
If you would like the opportunity to work with Cristina please
forward a selection of up to 6 (low-res) images to:-
email@example.com, together with a short
covering letter (350 words max) explaining your interest in self
publishing and how you feel this opportunity would benefit your
practice. Applications must be received before 2 July 2014, at 10am.
Successful candidates will be chosen by Open Eye Gallery's Director
Lorenzo Fusi and Cristina de Middel and contacted on 3 July 2014.
OpenEye.ORG.UK for more
information. "This fantastic, competitive workshop is a
collaboration between Open Eye Gallery and LOOK, organisers of the
Liverpool International Photography Festival. It is delivered as
part of the International Festival For Business 2014 with thanks to
Liverpool City Council. Cristina de Middel is a Spanish Artist best
known for her self published photography book The Afronauts. The
book, published in 2012, is a fictional record of the Zambian space
program in South Africa. In 2013 she was nominated for the Deutsche
Börse Photography Prize and exhibited The Afronauts at The
Photographer's Gallery, London. In the same year Cristina also
received the Infinity Award from the International Centre for
Photography, New York. We are excited to present a new commission
from Cristina as part of Open Eye Gallery's Biennial exhibition, Not
All Documents Are Records. Cristina reinterprets the history of the
Liverpool Biennial and imagines its possible future developments."
said Charlotte Anne Down, Marketing & Communications Officer
for the Open Eye Gallery.