- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; Later prt. edition (October 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592406599
- ISBN-13: 978-1592406593
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 427 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself Hardcover – October 27, 2011
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"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart-yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us. It turns out we're much more irrational than most of us think, so give yourself every advantage you can and read this book." — Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit.com
"You Are Not So Smart is the go-to blog for understanding why we all do silly things." — Lifehacker.com
"You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in fact, You Are Not So Smart is quite big-hearted." — Jason Kottke, Kottke.org
"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." -David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now
About the Author
A two-time winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, journalist David McRaney writes the blog youarenotsosmart.com. A self-described psychology nerd, he lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
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Listening to You Are Not So Smart is a great way to discover some of most common ways we naively delude ourselves into taking our imperfect interpretations of ourselves and other people. David McRaney's sarcastic sense of humor makes it a bit easier to swallow the bitter pills he asks us to swallow.
I didn't connect with the professional narrator. I wish the author had decided to read it himself, but that tends to be my personal preference. If you find this to be the case, too, you might want to opt to read this one instead of listening to it.
I would also recommend doling these lessons out over time instead of plowing straight through. Cracking personal illusions can be empowering in the long run, but dismantling too many of them at the same time felt a bit too vulnerable. It would also been helpful to get more specific strategies to compensate for the blind spots that are exposed.
I think the book is intended to kick off the exploration, however, and I look forward to discovering more of the author's insights and ideas by visiting his blog.