This was a very entertaining audio book. I did buy the kindle version to go back and reference areas.
We all love to learn about ourselves and why we do the things we do. This takes you into your crazy, wonderful brain.
It took it from an educational book to feeling like you were sitting with a friend, discussing this incredible topic. He was excellent.
Life is great when you are delusional.
Everyone should enjoy this book. It is easy to follow and written well.
good and interesting information.
he has the loveliest reading voice!
this does repeat a lot of info I have read before--studies, experiments, etc. but still enough fresh to keep me listening to the end.
I loved the book. It would be a better world if everyone knew and practiced these principles. I am looking forward to reading more of his books.
I thought the references to and explanation of the various studies that make up the core principles were very well related. Our surroundings are working on our behavior even at the level of objects in a room, and some of our past evolution is working to make us notice certain things in our environment. Amazing insights!
Don Hagens reading of the book is delivered well. Listening allowed me to go over several parts while I was doing my walking every day, and I walked a bit farther too.
Basic Principles of Human Nature.
Yes, although I felt like he repeated himself a little. Some of it was already common knowledge and some of it was eye opening. Overall, pretty good. I did feel like the author is not a spiritual man at all. Although he doesn't come out and say it outright, some of his chapters poo-poo seeing things with a spiritual lens. For some reason, this bothered me as a Christian.
That every idea that he put forth was supported heavily in the scienctific community. It is nice to know that I in fact act am not as rational that I have thought.. In ways that I never have thought affect me seem to shape my world.
It's by far the best. The book format is perfect for an audio version because of the short and independent chapters.
A complete guide to our unknown side of the mind
~ I didn't know about the print version.
~ You Are Not So Smart falls into the category of self development books that have snap in their method. It's good not to beat around the bush & just get to the point of who & what you need to self realize & self actualize to finally move on up
~ Not that I know about....but he examplarily held true to the whole concept of this book with his lisply reaffirming & stoically matter-of-factly bearing.
~ The writer just about covered every niche & nuuky, whether imaginable or real, about how we like to excuse & self dilute ourselves, in 46 ways, for our actions & decisions so it seemingly looks like we won the sinking ship battle, after it sank. Don't let your ship sink in the first place!
The tone is smug, the analysis superficial, and the research the book references is all retread material from Lehrer, Gladwell and Ariely. McRaney brings absolutely nothing new to the table; not even the insights he gleans from the research is new. McRaney appears to have read the same books we have, and then just rewrapped the material in a smug package. No, thanks.
Stick with the real thing and pass on this; I wish I had.
I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.
The book was funny and deadpan and cut through a lot of cultural bullshit we like to believe about ourselves. It was an excellent window into who we think we are and who we actually are. It also gave me some very interesting marketing insights for my small business, and I'm very glad I picked up the book! I'd recommend it to anyone.
There were no characters, but Hagen's voice was perfect--so deadpan it made the reading absolutely hilarious. I think it was better than if I'd read it on the page.
"Let's cut through the bullshit shall we?"