This book is an entertaining way pass the time, and learn a little about psychology as a bonus. The narrator captures the tongue in cheek, mocking tone perfectly. Some reviews I've read on this book seem to be written by people who take themselves too seriously. I found myself embarrassingly admitting "yeah, I do that too" with a smirk or a chuckle. It's good, clean fun... So long as you can laugh at yourself a bit.
No. If you're read any other material on behavioral economics, and how our biases make us less than 100% rational, skip this book. It basically goes over the works (very simplistically) of Dan Kaheman ("Thinking Fast and Slow"), Dan Ariely ("Predictably Irrational") and a slew of other well-known experiments. If you have been exposed before to the ideas of confirmation bias, bystander paradox, etc, you'll gain nothing new.
These days publishers have been churning out books by scientific journalists on fun topics usually with self-help overtones for people who see themselves as too smart for Tony Robbins. As those books go, You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is at the fore of what is becoming a tiresome pack. This book is basically the Reader's Digest version of the history of Cognitive Psychology told in a brisk, colloquial style. The tone of the prose is twentysomething while the narrator is far north of fifty. Didn't bother me all that much, the prose or the narrator. Seemed a little disjointed at times. But overall a worthwhile listen.
It's a strong entry
There was only one character - the narrator.
If you are interested in this sort of thing and/or listen to podcasts, some of the stories in this book will not be new to you. The Stanford marshmallow and prison experiments were both topics I was well aware of before this book came along. However, I did still learn quite a bit, so it wasn't a waste of time.
Yes. It presented some interesting perspectives of how other's think and perceive.
No since this one did not capture my attention as much as I expected. I like a book to knock my socks off. This one did not albeit interesting it only unlaced my shoe.
Back alley patronizing
If it was marketed better
Some of us want to balance life by checking to see if we are deluding ourselves. This book tried to persuade me but I resisted. Interesting but somewhat tongue-in-cheek theories.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
This book is quite funny and wise. essential for smart people, or not. Very easy to listen to, the concepts are clearly explained and kept the reader entertained. Also visit the website.
I was hesitant to purchase due to the other reviews that claimed the book to be a rehash of old material. As a fan of books on decision making and the brain, I found plenty of new material. I even enjoyed listening to the material that I heard heard before because of the way this book is organized. Each chapter is a brief discussion of a common misconception. I found the splashes of humor to be effective. Some may find the grand conclusion of the book depressing - we behave more like self absorbed pack animals than high order spiritual beings. I found it liberating. I am no so smart...but neither are most of the people around me.
Presents new ways of analyzing human behavior.
Compels critical thinking and self analysis.
I will be listening to this multiple times.
It's ironic to write a review for a book that has a section that slightly mocks reviews, but I'll do it anyway.
This is not my first trip into a psychology book, but it is the one of the most interesting. I've heard a lot of the studies before, and at the beginning I was worried that I'd have heard every single piece of evidence that was going to be mentioned. Luckily, I was very wrong. I found many new studies and they were all told in a way that I found both entertaining and informing.
Most psychology books are a pretty easy 4 stars with me, but the way this one was presented made me have to give it a boost above the other ones.
I enjoyed listening to this audio book and it sums up a lot of modern psychology ideas with examples. I came to notice some of the biases in the people around me and also some of my own. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to get a bit closer to "reality".
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a really good book for that covers some of the same issues as this one, but in a more elaborate way.