You are Not So Smart

You are Not So Smart (English, Paperback, McRaney David)

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You are Not So Smart  (English, Paperback, McRaney David)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
    • Genre: Self-Help
    • ISBN: 9781851689392, 9781851689392
    • Pages: 320
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    Based on his popular blog by the same name, David McRaney’s You Are Not So Smart is a book about the self delusion that all human beings suffer from, manifesting itself in our daily lives and our decision-making from the things we buy, to the friends we choose on Facebook.

    Summary Of The Book

    You Are Not So Smart is a liberating attempt to highlight some of the ways in which people adopt a false sense of superiority, and that deep down, we are all more or less similar in the ways that we tend to delude ourselves. Divided into 48 chapters, each dealing with a particular facet of human self-delusion, the book connects theories of psychology and scientific studies with everyday human behaviour, urging us to accept certain inevitable facts which can not be overcome, as inherent to human nature.

    You Are Not So Smart suggests that despite the extensive friend list we take pride in displaying on Facebook, humans can only keep up with a certain number of friends at any given time. This number is referred to as Dunbar’s number. Another revelation is that tasks that are done repeatedly lead us into adopting incorrect shortcuts, and making mistakes rather than performing them better. Also, when working in a group, people put in considerably less effort than what they would, had they been working alone. These are some of the thought provoking subjects under discussion in this book.

    The underlying theme of You Are Not So Smart is that people should more or less resign themselves to the fact that human memory deteriorates with time, and that many decisions taken are not necessarily the right or best ones. In fact, the book shows that humans are irrational and can be manipulated easily as their conscious minds are filled with biases and influenced by evolution more than they would like to admit. An awareness of this not so smart behaviour breaks the bubble of the carefully cultivated air of superiority, allowing us to accept ourselves as humble creations of nature, vulnerable to the pitfalls and dangers of snap judgement, procrastination, so on and so forth.

    The book received overall positive reviews from readers, book clubs, and literary experts across the world, including Psychology Today and David Eagleman, a Neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives Of Our Brain.

    About David McRaney

    David McRaney is a journalist, TV producer, blogger and author. As a journalist, he covered Hurricane Katrina extensively, contributing articles to numerous publications. He has also written books such as You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself.

    Fond of the internet, technology, and psychology, McRaney has dabbled in many fields before going to college, such as owning pet stores, working in construction, installing electrical panels, waiting tables, and selling leather coats. At present, he works in media for a broadcast television company.

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    • 129 mm
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    • 28 inch
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    Thought provoking..!

    Good psych book with lots of experiments and findings which are impressive. Neatly catagorized as chapters and does not dish out advice in each and every page. Normally psychology books are a little hard to digest, but the author here has made it easy for the reader with humor and real-life examples. If you are new into psych books,then this book can really get you hooked!
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    A real eye-opener

    David McRaney narrates some of the chilling & mind-boggling studies and experiments conducted by psychiatrists and scientists to examine and analyze human behavior and the reasons for such suprising & perplexing actions/results.

    Every chapter of this wonderful journey through this book gives the reader a continuous dosage of self-realization and opens a door into a newer way of looking into oneself and behavior of other people rationally and with an unbiased manner, contrary to traditional b...
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    Pradhan S P

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    Perfect product!

    A must!!
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    Argho Sinha

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    Worth the money

    Nice quality iam satisfied
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