Should you pee or not pee before deciding to borrow money? The Telegraph posted an article about the brain function that controls impulse decisions. Turns out this is the same center that allows us to hold out for a bathroom break later instead of the immediate reward of peeing in our pants. In fact all of your impulse decisions are put on hold when you have a full bladder.
Psychologists from the University of Twente in the Netherlands published their findings in the journal Psychological Science. Just thinking about urination had the same effect on controlling impulse decisions.
O.K. borrowers, be strategic:
- Don’t go to the bathroom until you finish your strategic business borrowing plan. This may help control the impulse to follow financial rabbit trails during the planning process.
- Drink a bottle of water about 40 minutes before meeting with your loan officer since this is the average time it takes to reach your bladder. Then negotiate the best possible loan for a financial payoff later and avoid the classic borrowing mistakes.
- If your lender has added luxury upgrades to their bathrooms with a live attendant and hides the complimentary water, find a different lender. You may make a better, impulse controlled borrowing decision somewhere else.
What do you think business borrowers? Does my argument hold water?
- We make better decisions with a full bladder: study (healthzone.ca)
- We make better decisions when our bladders are full: study (healthzone.ca)
- We make better decisions when we gotta go (bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com)
- Decision making skills heightened when you’ve really got to pee (inquisitr.com)
- Bladder control and better decision-making (holykaw.alltop.com)
- People with full bladders ‘make better decisions’, scientists discover (telegraph.co.uk)