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Kurt

Chanhassen, MN, USA

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  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (405)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Surgical"
    Overall

    This is not light reading/listening. Unlike some of the other reviews I found that the author dissected our myths about what we perceive, feel and predict with surgical thoroughness, perhaps too much so. He admits that he is a fan since youth of optical illusions, and the book is a methodical catalog of psychological illusions. The book is complete to a fault.

    A better title might be "What you thought you knew but really don't".

    So is it useful/helpful? Yes, if you are not looking for specific advice, but could benefit from warnings about how to not deceive yourself.

    As I was listening I found I wanted to look at a written copy, as I had difficulty keeping the model he was constructing in my head. Might be the kind of audiobook that later on you go back re-read from a library hardcover.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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