YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB ~David McRaney
YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB! David McRaney and I wanted you to know. I so enjoyed reading McRaney’s first book YOU ARE NOT SO SMART his publicist sent me a copy of his newest release to review and tell you about.
This book is similar to taking a Psychology class at college without the exams, homework and yet with all the surveys and studies down on the page for you. The research is all wrapped up in the author’s sarcastic, “tongue in cheek” style with very real examples and explanations of the myths of our thinking and what social and behavioral scientists have found to be true.
McRaney has a format in which he shares the name of the process he is exposing and describing followed by the misconception and the truth. The stories, the studies and the quips begin next in a narrative form of explanation. We have learned a lot about behaviors and the human responses/actions in the just the last few years since his previous book. I will share several of my favorites out of the 17 offerings:
The Misconception: You make sense of life through rational contemplation.
The Truth: You make sense of life through narrative. (Story)
The Misconception: Willpower is just a metaphor.
The Truth: Willpower is a finite resource.
The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight
The Misconception: You celebrate diversity and respect others’ points of view.
The Truth: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.
The research is presented with real life stories that are interesting and McRaney, a journalist calls himself a self-professed psychology junkie, inserts a great deal of humor and patience for the reader giving a greater understanding of what the work was about and what was gleaned by the process.
I would still take him to task about the placebo effect he ascribes to non-traditional medical techniques and practices. I believe he would think that only the science behind a dental anesthetic is what truly works for us during a procedure and that acupuncture is only supplying a placebo effect of pain relief. I beg to differ as a person who did not know what was used to reduce bruising, pain and swelling to my face as I had a root canal on my front tooth 2 days before my wedding. It was acupuncture and it was extremely painless and I looked beautiful on my wedding day. If that is just a placebo – well I will do it again if I ever need another root canal.
I also believe that the ancient Chinese Healing Elements and prayer/meditation have made a great deal of difference in many people’s lives and offer a feeling of peace in an ofttimes harried world. I believe the people of Chinese origins would say their work has plenty of scientific data to support their hypothesis.
Delightful read and I do not think one need be a psychology student to enjoy the shared findings. I have read several marketing books that also use these research studies to get people to buy, buy, buy or eat,eat,eat. Sometimes it is good to know and understand rather than spend and gain, and YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB opens up options which may change your thinking and behaviors. YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB is a fun read.
YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB was sent to me by Casey Maloney, Publicist at Gotham Books for review. I did receive a print copy of this book and I thank you for the opportunity.