- Publisher: Diane Pub Co (June 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788162977
- ISBN-13: 978-0788162978
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,946,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Irrationality: Why We Don't Think Straight
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From Library Journal
Sutherland believes decisions made by professionals are not really more rational than those made by others. While detailing this argument, he expatiates upon garden-variety irrational behavior, including social and emotional biases, jumping to conclusions, and not taking account of all cases. He concludes that fully rational behavior is not always possible and indeed may not even be the most desirable course. Sutherland (psychology, Univ. of Sussex; International Dictionary of Psychology, LJ 6/1/89) includes some suggestions for thought and action at the end of the chapters, but this is not a how-to book and may not be readily accessible to the lay reader. The dry prose, many British spellings, and occasional British terminology may turn off casual readers. Of most interest to psychology professors and graduate students, who will appreciate the extensive bibliography. Recommended for large academic psychology collections.
Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book takes our own way of thinking and shows us where we make mistakes while thinking we are being perfectly rational.
Wonderful examples, easy reading style - you don't notice how much you learn while being entertained - and he really makes you laugh at your own mistakes - that's not easy, at least for me, I tend to get annoyed when I'm wrong and some very wise person shows up and tells me about it - while he does it in such a funny way, I really don't mind.
A wonderful book, I reread it again and again.
It is scary, though, to think of all the foolish decisions being taken every day in the name of "rational decisionmaking" - this book ought to be mandatory reading for everyone who makes decisions - so really, for everyone.
The only problem I had with it was the grammar. It seemed like one sentence ran on for a entire page and there were no breaks. There are hardly any commas or any real grammar which could have lightened up the read or at least offered a break during the extremely long sentences.
Sometimes I had to re-read the sentence/paragraph 3 times til' I understood them fully.
The grammar may be related to the authors origin being Britain. It still drove me "bloody mad!"
Other than the poor grammar. I really liked the book.