This book is presented as a serious journalistic approach to an aspect of the human psyche, specifically the way in which people tend to delude themselves. Points are well explained and the author frequently cites scientific studies to back his claims. But he also uses teenage slang expressions (something "sucks", is a "bummer") and gratuitous profanity (which Audible.com will not allow me to quote) that is incongruous with the general tone of the book. At best, this is distracting for the listener. At worst, it leads me to have doubts about the author's credibility. In sum, a credit could have been better used on a different book.
The only bad reviews that I have read about this book are from expert psychologists, who say that its author discusses nothing original but instead rehashes other researcher's ideas.
But so what? I enjoy the audio book, anyway. It is easy listening that entertains while providing an overview of cognitive psychology. It sustained my interest for enough hours that I got my money's worth.
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
The moment he informed the CIA fellows what might happen to them if they persisted in tailing him. I like his straight forward style.
The Narrator really nailed it, I love Don Hagen.
His voice and timbre are absolutely perfect for this type of book, he is legendary.
The narrator is great, the writing is clever, I liked the author's sense of humor and I learned so much about cognitive biases. If you want an enjoyable way to learn about w broad range of heuristics you won't regret buying this
Although I enjoy these sort of books, I found this one to be lacking. A lot the studies were ones that I had heard about before, so I found this to not be new or engaging. Many of the "truths" were obvious. I was not eager to keep listening, but did so as the I did enjoy the tone of the writing (it was like having a conversation with a friend). I just wasn't all that impressed. There are other books in this genre that are much better.
Ever been accused of getting lost in thought or enjoy philosophizing amongst the best of them?This cutting edge, researched-based, non-intuitive approach will have you rethinking your perspective and gaining thr upperhand by challenging unsuspecting amateurs.
There is so much information that one needs time to absorb the full implications of the content between chapters before moving on. I recommend journaling between chapters so that the information sticks.
The audio book contains interesting case studies, stories, and research. If you listen straight through you are likely to zone out because of the soothing voice of the reader and due to a few rather complex psychological assertions. Be ready for a psychological awakening because if you do this right, you will question yourself and your motivations. There are times you might feel naked and ashamed but stick to it and you will exercise you mental capacities, gain perspective, learn positive coping skills, improve relationships, and gain self confidence.