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Why you don't think the way you think you think

Chris Paley

Publisher: Coronet, 2014 , 257 pages

ISBN: 978-1-473-61058-3

Keywords: Creativity


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Why you don't think the way you think…and how to think more successfully

Your life is dominated by your unconscious mind: by thoughts you're unaware of and movements you don't realise you are making. Words, colours, mannerisms and other cues you don't realise are affecting you, change what you think. The confidence you have in your ability to reason and to consciously choose what to do is caused by a series of illusions that scientists are only just beginning to understand. The discovery of these illusions will change the way we see ourselves more than the discoveries of Darwin and Copernicus.

Unthink explores the unconscious decisions we make, and covers a variety of topics, ranging from how we choose politicians and romantic partners to more abstract subjects such as whether we can consciously decide to move our fingers.

The counter-intuitive observations that Chris makes in the book include:
  • If you want someone to fancy you, wear red and meet them somewhere frightening.
  • When waitresses repeat customers' orders back to them instead of just saying 'yes' they receive bigger tips.
  • To reduce your shopping bill, start at the beer and snacks end of the store and work backwards.
  • If you sit someone in an upright chair when you give them good news they will be prouder of their achievements.
  • Having a picture of your family on your desk might make you work harder, but you'll be rattier when you get home!

Chris Paley shows us how we can understand ourselves and others better, by having a greater understanding of the way that the unconscious mind has an impact of the way we live our lives.

Table of Contents:

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  • Introduction: The mind knows not the reasons of the brain
  • Part One: Thought alone cannot tell us what thought is for
  • Part Two: The unconscious does what the conscious thinks the conscious does
  • Part Three: You might think it's what's inside that counts. But your brain constructs the inside from the outside, whether you're looking at someone else — or yourself
  • Part Four: Minds don't exist, but they are still useful
  • Part Five: Consciousness is only one of many advisers in the brain, and it can be made more or less influential



by Roland Buresund last modified 2016-03-23 22:56

Rating: * (Excrement)

Pure crap. Incoherent citations and even worse conclusions

Avoid at all costs.

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