Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid

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Robert J. Sternberg
Yale University Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Psychology - 254 pages
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Why do intelligent people sometimes behave in ways so stupid that they destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This volume investigates the psychological basis for stupidity in everyday life. Experts shed light on the nature and theory of stupidity, whether stupidity is measurable, how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences, and much more.
  

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Very good. Each chapter should be studied independently, notes taken, and lessons extracted to make our lives less stupid. Well, as far as they can be. Read full review

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Contents

Why and When Are Smart People Stupid?
1
Beliefs That Make Smart People Dumb
24
Smart People Doing Dumb Things The Case of Managerial Incompetence
42
The Engine of Folly
64
When Smart People Behave Stupidly Reconciling Inconsistencies in SocialEmotional Intelligence
86
Sex Lies and Audiotapes The ClintonLewinsky Scandal
106
Rationality Intelligence and Levels of Analysis in Cognitive Science Is Dysrationalia Possible?
124
Smart Is as Stupid Does Exploring Bases of Erroneous Reasoning of Smart People Regarding Learning and Other Disabilities
159
Personality Dispositions
187
When Stupid Is Smarter Than We Are Mindlessness and the Attribution of Stupidity
212
Smart People Are Not Stupid But They Sure Can Be Foolish The Imbalance Theory of Foolishness
232
List of Contributors
243
Index
245
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