A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives #(2021)
- Title: A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
- Author: Cordelia Fine
- ISBN: 9781840467987
- Page: 491
- Format: Paperback
[PDF] A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives | by ✓ Cordelia Fine - A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives, A Mind of Its Own How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives Fine takes the reader on an entertaining tour of the less salubrious aspects of human psychology Combining classic psychological studies with the latest research she explains exactly why your brain o
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If I d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review Don t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn t think was potentially god like Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to read it first, before this one, in fact, before just about any other book It is a necessary book in ways this one isn t I mean that kindly but there are lots of other books on this topic, many at least as good, but there a [...]
I ve come to see this book as a handy little owner s manual for anyone with a brain In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much distorted picture of reality than any of us would imagine Our brains, it seems, are masters of self deception, engaging in a whole host of hidden activities designed to protect both our fragile egos and our pre existing beliefs While there are benefits to be gained [...]
As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book I ve come to see this book as a handy little owner s manual for anyone with a brain In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much distorted picture of reality than any of us would imagine I d agree Further, it is a nice introductory text to anyone curious about this exploding field of Popular Cognition is there a magazine yet The author, desp [...]
If you ve read much on the subject, this doesn t really bring anything new to the table, but it s presented in a readable, well organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone If you re anything like me, you ll smile in recognition of some of the things she says in the middle of describing the brain s unreliability, Fine points out that precisely in line with what she s saying, your brain is probably insisting you re different It doesn t apply to you You d ignore the res [...]
This is a fantastic little book It s split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works It s astonishing just how subtle and well engineered the deception is One set of ideas I d never seen before was about brain schemas , or closely related concepts that get filed away together The ways these can be triggered, and the effect they have on our decision making, may have a profound impact on how our lives play out.Beyond the psyc [...]
A Mind of Its Own How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone suffering from misfortunate must have done something to deserve it Before an unlikely disaster we are willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, but afterwards we believe that of course they should have prepared [...]
You may have a much humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as Blink in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidden from us or ones that we deceive ourselves about Dr Fine is a first time author with a good knack for describing the many psychological experiments she cites and a good sense of humor that emerges in family stories she [...]
A very good book
Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book I suppose what bothered me most was that there s seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs We can do things to rein in the worst excesses of our butler the unconscious , but as best I can tell per Fine we can never fully break free from it I suppose I could have lived with that, if she had stopped there, perha [...]
Very pop psychology This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior As a grad school bog, it s honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms Fine is talking about how many times can you read about the same experiment But I doubt it was ever supposed to be used in this kind of setting For someone interested in psychology, I m sure this book is very informative Ms Fine s writing style is very refreshing from the usual psychology jargon we have to mud [...]
Fascinating reading for a layman a short, easy read I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange disorders, most of the book covers how the normal brain works, and you ll be amazed at how much your brain twists perception, memory, conscious thought Cordelia Fine explains so much, yet you ll be left reeling with the im [...]
Interesting, although a little wordy at times By wordy I mean explained the same thing several times Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its prejudices and beliefs on others The book offers a very strong reason why we should be skeptical of our own hasty insights, generalizations, and rationalizations.
Even if it s ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work.
I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same Crazy what our brains can do
The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain.I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thine book is not rewarding very much.
It s definitely worth a read An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology It s perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman s Thinking Fast and Slow but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind No doubt recommend it.
You probably think you are smarter, funnier, clever, better looking, talented and moral than the average person That could be because it s true, but likely it s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit It lies to you so as to protect your delicate ego every minute of the day It s doing it right now admit it, at this very moment you re thinking to yourself It just so happens I am one of those people who is smarter, funnier, clever, better looking, talented and moral than the average [...]
I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn t really hold that against the author The bigoted brain chapter, for example ugh It s so easy to be primed to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other ists isms But, we really need to be aware of the fact that every single person is unconsciously biased in many ways and change our entire conversation about race gender etc We can t get anywhere unless we acknowledge that ALL of us, eve [...]
A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting The author refers to real life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time The book is easy to read but feels a little short.
An entertaining dose of humility Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they re well organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull.
Wonderful read Personal stories paired with extensive psychological experiment results, somehow the author makes it flow.
Interesting, but a bit dull and somewhat redundant.
This is a breezily and wittily written book on an important subject the quirkiness of the brain and its functioning that often leads us to distort reality and deceive ourselves It refers to a wide range of literature, such as that on cognitive heuristics, shortcuts that we use to make decisions and many of which lead us to rather strange conclusions One of these heuristics which Cordelia Fine mentions at some length is the so called fundamental attribution error Here, one explains one s defectiv [...]
Overall, a well written tour of the many curious ways we deceive ourselves Fine writes in a casual personable style that engagingly presents the broader implications of scientific studies for the ways we see and mis see ourselves, others, and the world around us.Perhaps the most misleading aspect of the book is the way various studies are presented as the mind vs the us the self is deceived by the mind the self is served by a mental butler the self is at the mercy of the brain Never does the min [...]
In A Mind of Its Own How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives, psychologist Cordelia Fine examines a wide range of empirical evidence suggesting that one s behavior is often greatly influenced by one s unconscious mind A classic example involves showing subjects a variety of words, several of which are associated with the elderly wrinkled, retired, etc The subjects never consciously recognize a theme, and yet they walk slowly re elderly like after the experiment is complete than do subjects who ar [...]
Cordelia Fine s A Mind of its Own How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is an easy to read account of the myriad ways the human brain functions without us, the owners of these brains, realizing what it is doing Fine discusses various aspects of the brain s personality so to speak the vain brain, the emotional brain, the immoral brain, the deluded brain, the pigheaded brain, the secretive brain, the weak willed brain, and the bigoted brain All of her arguments are well documented with various rese [...]
The book A Mind of It s Own was a very interesting and thoughtful book The book was about the author displaying intricate and complex psychology philosophies, into everyday life scenarios It really helped me understand parts of what I do, who I am, and why I act certain ways when I am influenced by certain emotions There are many chapters that caught my eye such as, The Vain Brain This chapter dealt with what we think and what we do when we are influenced by self indulging thoughts and showed me [...]
Highly engaging, accessible sociology and cognitive science research for the lowly mortals What s it about Your brain is like a tireless crack supplier that constantly adjusts your perception of reality to help you cope and stay happy For those people who believe you can always be highly objective, the idea will be hard to swallow just like what cognitive science says Our brains maintain our personal delusions and these delusions can be harmful when dealing with people or simply going through yo [...]
With realistic expectations, this is an enjoyable book It s definitely pop psychology Cordelia Fine gives the layman an easy to read interpretation of conttemporary research, focusing on the brain s tactics at distorting perception in favor of coddling the ego She uses a lot of personal anecdotes and some cheeky maneuvering to relate the findings to everyday life and keep people who hate reading entertained I m not sure especially after having absorbed the information Fine presents whether she b [...]
Having read a few books on neuroscience and psychology now, I m starting to get to the stage where I notice a lot of overlaps, and Cordelia Fine s A Mind of it s Own has than a little in common with David Eagleman s Incognito The Secret Lives of the Brain However, Fine does have her own approach, and a winning style, so this is a book I have no hesitation in recommending.In fact, it s one of those which you wish everyone would read especially conviction politicians, preachers, and anyone convin [...]
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