When thinking of the biggest decision at this point in my life, it's what I should major in. This decision is so stressful for me because I have no idea what I want to major in, and I am running out of time to decide. At this point in my life, I am leaning towards a business major because I am decent at math and because it's a good major to be in.
I fell into the Salience of Surface Similarities problem solving obstacle at first. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was younger, I said a doctor. This is really attention-grabbing because of the amount of money you make and how it is such a respectable profession.
The reason that was such a bad option for me was because I have never really been into science and I don't even have enough money to put myself through med school, the reason it appealed to me so much was only because of the money making aspect of it. Even though I have not made a decision about what I want to do with my life, I am getting closer to figuring it out. Mostly because of my counselor, who has helped me so much to get me on the right track.
I think another barrier of problem solving, for me at least, was the fact I wanted to do what my friends do. All my friends are engineers so I really considered becoming an engineer as well, when deep down I knew that it wasn't the right path for me.
Research shows that it's easier to solve a problem if you break it into sub-problems. For example, instead of answering the question what should my major be, I should ask myself 1) what qualities do you look for in a job, 2) what are you good at, 3) what are some of your weaknesses, and 4)where do you want to be in ten years? The answers to these questions could help answer the question about what my major should be.