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.
Why are people so crazy? Why don't they understand the simple concepts that are so easy for you? Why do you also seem crazy and dumb to them?
This book unlocked so much knowledge about the way people think and the more you listen, the more you must identify with what is being said.
Told in interesting anecdotes and case studies, You Are Not So Smart was captivating and memorable. I highly recommend it.
Basic overview on decision biases that summarizes quite a wide range of research in a quick read. Occasional tidbits of silly humor liven things up. And the narrator has a great time and attitude for the material. All in all, an enjoyable listen.
- you will get to know the title quite well as it's the punchline of every chapter even though it does not fit every time
- I was not able to listen to this outside or in public transport as it's recorded in very low pitched voice. Increasing the volume did not help as it just hurt and words were overshadowed by anything higher pitched from surroundings.
+ Don Hagen have this (often sarcastic) book fine matching tone.
The book hints at many interesting research topics and psychological phenomena and logical fallacies.
All that said, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mostly anybody interested in human nature / psychology / interaction.
Loved the book, gave it a 5 rating - but now unsure whether that was really me loving it and giving it a 5 rating or I have succumbed to one of the many pitfalls of a not so smart mind. Either way I feel good about reading it, feel smarter but at the same time thoroughly acknowledging I am not so smart. Brilliant!
Struggled to finish the book because the narrator was monotone. Good content though and good book.