You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, And 46 Other Ways You Are Deluding Yourself
3.5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes it’s fun learning that your brain is not so different from everyone else’s brains. You’re not the only one imagining themselves responding heroically in a crisis. You are unaware how much your conditioning and preconceived notions determine your own behavior when interacting with other people. You think you’re correct in your morals because you read articles saying that you’re right because those are the articles you seek out; ones that validate your current opinion.
I generally consider myself a master procrastinator so, it was fantastic learning why I operate that way. (Hint: It comes down to, which is greater? The reward for doing it now, or the reward for doing it later?) The next time I’m in the mood to procrastinate, I think I will think over my reasoning as thoroughly as possible. I want to see if this is true. I’m going to experiment on my own brain.
I’ve always found psychology fun, so this was a bright, easy read. It’s a good way to look at the why and how your brain works the way it does. Anecdotes mixed with scientific studies and real life scenarios illustrate theories of psychology that make a lot of sense.
Take some time and learn some ways to pick apart your own brain. Once you understand certain aspects, it may even make you a better person.