Think You're Smart? Not So Much - You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
In this episode of the Feel Good English Podcast, I have some bad news
for you, unfortunately, and the news is… You are not as smart as you think.
And where did I hear this news?
Well, I heard it from the book
“You Are Not so Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook.
Why Your Memory will See Fiction and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself.”
by David McRaney.
But here’s the truth: You are not so smart.
You’re just as deluded as the rest of us. That’s okay because being deluded is part of being human.
- We recall events, which support our beliefs
,inconveniently forget, and which would contradict to them.
- Our opinions of things are not objective or rational at all because
we only pay attention to information that confirms what we already believe in.
- We just want to find things that confirm what we already believe.
- Another lesson from this book is how much we try to protect our self – esteem,
to protect our self–image, and the different strategies we use to
maintain our self – esteem.
- Without self – esteem, getting through the day would be very difficult to think
we’re worthless and weak people, that they would be difficult.
- One of the strategies is to give ourselves sole credit for our successes,
yet blame external factors for our failures.
- Deluded or deluded yourself: impose a misleading belief upon (someone); deceive; fool.
- Detached logic: not connected to logic
- Confirmation-bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories
- Filtering information: to remove unwanted information
- Self-esteem: confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect
- Self-handicapping: is a cognitive strategy by which people avoid effort in the hopes of keeping potential failure from hurting self-esteem.
- Aware: having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact
- Performance-inhibiting: to restrain or hinder someone’s performance
- Lend a Hand: to help someone
- Bystander: a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.
When I was a kid, my English teacher looked my way and said,
“Hey! Name two pronouns,” and I said, “Who? Me?”
- Who is a pronoun
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11709037-you-are-not-so-smart
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