Analysis Of Nudge : Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, And Happiness, By Thaler And Sunstein

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Occasionally everyone could benefit from a slight push in a positive direction. These slight pushes can be noted as nudges and can incorporate a negative or positive impact in an individual’s life, depending on how they are utilized. In the book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Thaler and Sunstein, nudges are explored in ways of how they can essentially help humans make better decisions that benefit them throughout their life (2009). However, even though nudges can push people in a positive direction, they also have the ability to push an individual in a negative direction depending on the way in which it is used. One issue that can be approached through different construction of nudges is the effect of…show more content…
Therefore, it suggests that those who are around peers that are deviant are also going to be deviant or in other words birds of a feather flock together. This is an issue because it makes those who would not normally engage in deviant behavior, begin to engage in deviant behavior. By understanding this theory, it makes approaching this issue regarding group decision making and social nudges easier to understand because they incorporate similar understandings to why an individual would engage in deviant behavior if their friends are doing the same. In consideration of explaining social learning theory in how it correlates and gives value to the influx of the influence of deviant peers on an individual’s own deviance, I propose a program to nudge individual’s away from deviant peers to reduce their own deviant activity. This program would be aimed at young adults, due to the pressure they receive from peers in relation to other populations. In theory, those participating in this program would be referred to the program from cops (once in trouble), school advisors, other programs involved in youth offenders and deviance, family members, or others. They can also join in if they feel they are being exposed and influenced by deviant peers. Furthermore, it would focus on involving these “deviant” individuals with

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