Easy to Follow Instructions vs. the Illusion of Control

In our desire to predict and prepare, we might find ourselves researching a formula or recipe, neatly preparing a shopping list, and then carefully following the steps that promise success. Well-written instructions break tasks down into simple steps and reduce complexity. They can de-clutter the process. And that’s not a bad thing. Up to a point. But what are we avoiding and what are we confronting when we follow fool-proof instructions?