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.
There was plenty of information that was interesting and somewhat applicable to life.
He said your not so smart long enough that i was starting to believe it. I didn't appreciate that. "You are.. You would.. You think..." was littered throughout the story and was worth the deduction of a star or two. If that was taken out of the story I probably would have listened to it for a second time just because the studies were mind boggling and made me well informed on the topic at hand.
This is a great book and I highly recommend buying it. There’s some great knowledge to be had here.
David McRaney is a journalist with a psychology major and carefully dissects our mental quirks and explains how they lay us low. The book is extremely insightful in explaining these mental quirks, the why’s and the how’s. And, David is bloody good on providing a convincing argument.
I think some people might find the title “you are not so smart” confronting. However, the book does make you eat humble pie. The bad thing and the good thing are the same though – the author doesn’t offer detailed solutions for each of the quirks (he does offer some). He does leave it up to people to come up with more detailed strategies. I would have preferred a longer book with more aspects covered on how to deal with these specific issues. Still, this is a great introductory book and a must get. It is smart and has some dry humor. I enjoyed it so much, that I emailed all my friends with to get this book.
Don Hagen does an excellent narration of the book as well.
This book was easy to listen to, and very interesting. It made sense, and sheds a different light into the way I think about things, or how things appear in my world. It is worth a listen you will learn something and enjoy this book. Have a listen it is a nice way to spend your time. worth a credit