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.
Because I hate to read, or I'd most certainly have bought the book.
That it's the story of my mind.
How I think and why I think that way I do.
It's all self-recognition.
Well, I thought it was David speaking himself.
Natural. Like he wrote the book.
Have you ever got to know yourself?
In my excitement to rate, I rated 5 stars for 'story' as well. It's true to life. A life analysis.
I honestly think everyone on the planet, but mostly especially Americans at this particular moment, should engage with this book. It is a more easily digestible Thinking Fast and Slow, which while more content laden, is harder to read.
well compiled book on everyday psychological fallacies of the human mind. we delude ourselves all the time and don't even realize it. I enjoyed it!
If you are interested in this kind of subject you'll find just a collection of studies you mostly know already from similar titles that usually go more in-depth
this is a must read about flaws in how we think. it's based on rigorous research that it references but told in a hilarious manner. whether for every day decision making or setting up formal decision frameworks that improve the chance of success.
This is one of those books that tells you who you are. Kind of annoying, but very interesting. All I can say is I hope I'm not the "average" person described in many of the studies.