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.
I heard a lot of this stories before - especially on how our brain and senses deceive us, but it is a good first book for the not-yet-self-initiated.
I feel like more than half the ideas and anecdotes in this book were already described and better established in "thinking fast and slow" by Daniel Kahnman, whose work is frequently quoted in this book.
I was also embarrassed by the somewhat pretentious tone of the writer. Dear author, you are also not so smart. We are all stupid humans. No need to be so condescending in order to make a point about it.
I caught myself laughing at both old and new foibles and studies of the human animal in this enjoyably funny and serious book. Could it be called 'The Art of Self-delusion'?
A brief and incomplete synopsis of study after study with little application or behavioral change advice.
The narrator reads in the most condescending tone the author may have hoped for, but it seems almost humorous whe paired with the truncated, incomplete and often disconnected list of findings the author presents.