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.

The Main Points
  •  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.
The Vocab & Expressions
  • 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.
The Joke

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
Resources
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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