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Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception Paperback – May 1, 1996
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Daniel Goleman is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in the Berkshires.
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For me the most astonishing revelation from this book SO FAR is the answer to Why did I say something and then
a little bit later wonder why I just said that when what I said is not how if feel...(not how I feel right not anyway!)
I really appreciate all of his books (I have most of them now) and feel that his book have answered many questions I have
had for a very long time.
FOR THE MOST PART HIS BOOKS ARE ABOUT NORMAL PSYCHOLOGY Which I have been looking for all of my life.
All of his books give us insight and positive ways to improve what we want to do.
(in contrast to Psychology which uses what I call derogatory words like neurotic,)
Have a Great Life I also recommend :'Lens Neurofeedback" by Stephen Larsen. Explains that just a 15 mph auto accident (and sports accidents and head injuries of any kind, falls, abuse: physical and emotional) can knock our brain off of its frequency.
Shows color brain scans and lots of case histories and information on choosing a practitioner. clearer thinking after my first session and after second session ALL Fibromyalgia Pain GONE. Pain has gone for several months and does not return unless I eat foods that trigger the pain... I also recommend the Book 'Diet Wise' by Dr. Mumby to help with the food/pain connection of food related symptoms I had not even related to food before reading this book.
VLST was written for the professional, yet is understandable by the layman as well because it is so well and clearly written. The intuitive way it is written with clear examples of behavior allows any reader to follow on several levels the complex line of logic through the entire book and learn quite a bit about how the mind works and how delicate and out of reach our minds sometimes are.
I cannot say or stress how wonderful and important I think this book is, it must have been dearly inspired for the care and inclusiveness it possesses.
It is so clear that humans have incredible capabilities, and yet we cannot seem to use them in many cases, especially on the social or cultural level ... and part of the reason has to be out ability to lie to ourselves or be manipulated by our tendencies to keep us stunted. This book dissects and explains the mechanism here, and is one of the most important books I can recommend to people.
I am going to buy a Kindle, and I would love it if this book was on the Kindle offering list so I could carry it around and reread it.
The concepts really do enlighten about how perception and memory effectively create personality, and how fear feeds itself both intra-personally and societally. I still haven't latched on to anything poignantly useful, though.