You are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.
Whether you're deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here's the truth: You are not so smart. You're just as deluded as the rest of us--but that's okay, because being deluded is part of being human.
Growing out of David McRaney's popular blog, You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren't true. Each short chapter--covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency--is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out.
Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maura853 - LibraryThing
Whirlwind tour of concepts in psychology that explain how and why our brain plays tricks on us. Interesting, but not half as hilarious as the author thinks it is. I am judging this book harshly. I ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jobinsonlis - LibraryThing
This is a solid three. None of the entries are that in-depth but it's a nice sampler of a bunch of different psychological concepts. I was particularly interested in the section on procrastination ... Read full review
The Straw Man Fallacy
The JustWorld Fallacy
The Ultimatum Game
The Affect Heuristic
Selling Out 28 SelfServing Bias
The Illusion of Transparency
The Anchoring Effect
SelfFulfilling Prophecies 43 The Moment
The Spotlight Effect
The Third Person Effect
The Misinformation Effect
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