By Joseph T. Hallinan
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer of Why We Make Mistakes, an illuminating exploration of humans’ spectacular skill to lie to themselves.
to at least one measure or one other, all of us misjudge fact. Our perception—of ourselves and the realm round us—is even more malleable than we become aware of. This self-deception affects each significant element of our own and social existence, together with relationships, intercourse, politics, careers, and health.
In Kidding Ourselves, Joseph Hallinan bargains a nuts-and-bolts examine how this penchant shapes our daily lives, from the drugs we take to the selections we make. It exhibits, for example, simply how a lot the ability of many smooth medications, relatively anti-depressants and painkillers, is essentially in our heads. Placebos in modern day existence expand past hospitals, to faux thermostats and “elevator shut” buttons that don’t rather work…but provide the conception that they do.
Kidding Ourselves brings jointly various matters, linking probably unrelated rules in attention-grabbing and unforeseen methods. And finally, it exhibits that deceiving ourselves isn't really continually destructive or silly. As expanding numbers of researchers are studying, it may be exceedingly necessary, supplying us with the resilience we have to persevere, within the boardroom, bed room, and beyond.
Provocative, available, and simply appropriate to a number of aspects of way of life, Kidding Ourselves is a rare new exploration of our mind’s flexibility.