— Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic
“While it may be unlikely that any single person will have fallen into all mental traps so cunningly described by André Kukla in this exhilarating book, it is absolutely certain that every person will have fallen into some of them. That’s why it will ring loud bells and switch on bright lights in the minds of all who read it. Which means, of course, that everyone ought to.”
— Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh, author of Godless Morality
“Ever looked TWICE for your lost keys in an EMPTY bowl? Returned more than once to check you’d locked the door? Ever spoiled a moment by niggling with your partner over trivia? Ever been unable to get yourself to do something you really know you should? EVER LOST OUT because you couldn’t decide between two great lovers, or two great investments? OF COURSE YOU HAVE! André Kukla shows us how to think about these Mental Traps. If you want out of the big sandtraps and onto the green, read his book. KUKLA IS RIGHT! We could all be bopping along much more comfortably towards our goals. His nice, clear, straightforward examples steer us past the trap horizons. He helps us out of dark mental ditches into which we have fallen. His stories give us insights we need to talk about to those who know us INTIMATELY — or over the watercooler, in the coffeehouse, or at our bookclub.”
— John M. Kennedy, FRSC
From the Back Cover
"Mental Traps will ring loud bells and switch on bright lights in the minds of all who read it."
--Richard Holloway, former BBC host and author of Godless Morality
The antidote to twisted logic, fuzzy thinking, and self-defeating behaviors that mess up your mind
They sap your energy, undermine your productivity, cloud your thinking, and generally take all the fun out of life. They're mental traps, and even the most clear-headed Einsteins among us fall victim to them from time to time. But that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to doing their bidding. Avoid these drains on pleasure and personal performance with guidance from Mental Traps.
Psychologist and philosopher André Kukla opens your eyes to the eleven most common mental traps, including persistence--the refusal to abandon a useless task or course of action; amplification--the "killing a fly with a sledgehammer" syndrome; reversion--the "coulda-woulda-shoulda" disease; and resistance--the "let-me-just" disorder. With Kukla's proven tactics, you can free yourself from time-wasting mental traffic jams and be more productive in your everyday life.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.