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Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception

 
 
Author
Joseph T. Hallinan.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385348683
Pages/Publication Date 260/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61561
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To one degree or another, we all misjudge reality, posits Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Joseph Hallinan. Our perception—of ourselves and the world around us—is much more malleable than we realize, and our talent for self-deception influences every major aspect of our personal and social life, including relationships, sex, politics, careers, and health. Also the author of Why We Make Mistakes, Hallinan explores research in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and economics and finds that, along with putting us in harm's way, perception errors can have enormous benefits, from the "placebo effect" to the belief that, in a dangerous situation, we will not fail.

"Fascinating ... an exploration of our mind's ability to conjure its own reality. [Hallinan] entertains and provokes in equal measure. And his point is an important one: Our mind is a powerful thing."—NYTBR

"In this brilliant and delightful expose of recent psychological research, Hallinan reveals that self-deception is also a potent drug for boosting hope, confidence, and creativity. For those of us who have lived by Feynman's first principle, that you must not fool yourself, this provocative book is a shocking and encouraging eye-opener: good things can happen if we just shut up, relax, and believe."—Leonard Mlodinow

 
 
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