From Publishers Weekly
Clinical psychologist Van Hecke has compiled a list of 10 mental glitches that have infiltrated contemporary society, afflicting even the smartest among us, limiting thought, success and relationships. Van Hecke devotes a chapter to each blind spot, including "Not stopping to think," "Not noticing," "Jumping to conclusions" and "Missing the big picture." Examining each in detail, Van Hecke details the root causes of these unconscious habits ("information overload," "our tendency to habituate") and tactics for overcoming them, using humorous anecdotes and other real-life examples to drive her points; the key is remaining open to new ideas and taking a step back from our busy lives in order to process information, situations and people. Filling in "the big picture" herself, Van Hecke demonstrates how embracing and understanding our weaknesses can not only improve personal and professional relationships, but also entire communities; this self-help is a welcome, highly readable first step.
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"This delightful romp through the maze of human fallibility should be sent to every CEO of the Fortune 500 companies, along with all of the members of Congress. Van Hecke's engaging writing style, personal anecdotes, and real-world examples of the numerous blind spots that all of us have - including and especially intelligent and educated people - brings to a wide audience decades of scientific research on cognitive fallacies and critical thinking. A fun read!"
MICHAEL SHERMER, Publisher of Skeptic magazine
Monthly columnist for Scientific American
Author of Why People Believe Weird Things
"I have no reservations about wholeheartedly recommending this book. There are many humorous anecdotes that gently nudge us into a deeper understanding of our human fallabilities. Behind each stupid mistake, each wrong-headed viewpoint, is a person every bit as rational as we think ourselves to be. Madeleine's book allows us to see ourselves more clearly, and assess others more tolerantly."
WENDY NORTHCUTT, best-selling author of The Darwin Awards
Creator of www.DarwinAwards.com