My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Once you come to an understanding that the book is basically a bundling of blog posts, it becomes possible to overlook the brief cavalier tone of each short chapter. McRaney is not breaking any new ground here, nor does he claim to. He is digesting a lot of the newest psychological research out there and repackaging it into short pithy summaries. He does it well, overall. He has an entertaining style, and he gets the gist of most things down fairly accurately. Accurately enough for most purposes.
The book's strength ultimately becomes its weakness. Because it is just recycling all the currently available information, it does not actually add anything to the conversation. If you're looking for a quick and entertaining roundup of what's new in psychology, this book fills the bill very nicely. If you're looking for an in depth treatment of a particular area, or an understanding of the implications or possible ways of mitigating the consequences, you'll want to look somewhere else.
I really enjoyed the insights into our behavior and how we trick ourselves into
thinking we are smarter than we really are. We are controlled by false memory,
ego, visual clues and pure manipulation. I hope this helps me become more aware
of how I make decisions and how to improve self talk.
Certainly worth the investment in time..
The texas sharp shooter story is really about creating our own history or memory and so much of it is simply not accurate.
Fun and down to earth
A x-ray into your behavior
I enjoyed this book tremendously. My only critique is that some chapters were what seemed to be just sentences long, while others were hours. Each chapter seemed to be written mostly independent of the others, which led to some awkward repetition at times.
Still, I highly recommend it.
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.