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Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
Stumbling on Happiness
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• Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?• Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting... show more
• Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?• Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400077427 (1400077427)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 263
Edition language: English
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Jenny's Book Bag
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4.0 Stumbling on Happiness
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Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
4.0 Stumbling on Happiness
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realityinabox
realityinabox rated it
2.0 Stumbling on Happiness
Essentially, humans are bad at knowing what will make them happy in the future, and bad at remembering what made them happy in the past. We have 'flawed' memories and 'flawed' imaginations. The only real advice he gave was to only ask for advice from people currently in the situation you are consid...
Obsessed with books
Obsessed with books rated it
3.0
Well that ended abruptly. This book took me forever to get through. There were some interesting concepts, a lot of scientific stuff, and he leaves it that happiness is pretty elusive because people won't do what they should to be happy.What'd I get from this? It's most beneficial to ask someone in a...
Mitostargazer
Mitostargazer rated it
3.0
Best thing: Not a self-help book :) It doesn't try to preach, because there aren't many things to preach anyway, only to point out what's wrong with us. And the author does it with charming wit. In some places, the experiments that he cites to substantiate his points seem inadequate, but that is mor...
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