Ongoing Dilemma

- POSTED ON: Jul 06, 2015

Colorful names have been given to many types of dilemmas.

  • Catch-22: damned if you do, damned if you don't.

  • Chicken or egg: which is first of two things, each of which presupposes the other

  • Double bind: conflicting requirements ensure that the victim will automatically be wrong.

  • Ethical dilemma: a choice between moral imperatives.

  • Extortion: the choice between paying the extortionist and suffering an unpleasant action.

  • Fairness dilemmas: when groups are faced with making decisions about how to share their resources, rewards, or payoffs.

  • Hobson's choice: a choice between something and nothing; "take it or leave it".

  • Morton's fork: choices yield equivalent, often undesirable, results.

  • Prisoner's dilemma: An inability to coordinate makes cooperation difficult and defection tempting.

  • Samaritan's dilemma: the choice between providing charity and improving another's condition, and withholding it to prevent them from becoming dependent.

  • Sophie's choice: a choice between two persons or things that will result in the death or destruction of the person or thing not chosen.

  • Zugzwang: One must move and incur harm when one would prefer to make no move (esp. in chess).

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On Jul 06, 2015 rroush wrote:
Oh my gosh. Ain't this the truth! And I think I shall make zugzwang my word of the day.

On Jul 06, 2015 rroush wrote:
Now for me it's even more true. Because I have been having an issue with chronic urticaria, I'm questioning whether or not it could be food related. So now I'm battling between my love of food and my not wanting to get fat AND my desire to not itch.

On Jul 07, 2015 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Rebecca, I've learned that no matter WHAT the physical problem is, SOMEONE will say it's because of my food choices. Sorry about the chronic hives. It seems like it could be anything. What I read about that ........................................................... Hives Triggers Some food (especially peanuts, eggs, nuts and shellfish) Medications, such as antibiotics (especially penicillin and sulfa), aspirin and ibuprofen Insect stings or bites Physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, heat, exercise or sun exposure Latex Blood transfusions Bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and strep throat Viral infections, including the common cold, infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis Pet dander Pollen Some plants, such as poison oak and poison ivy

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