Let’s kick this week off with a review on this fascinating book that I read.
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kauhman, is one of the most eye-opening books I’ve ever read. However, considering how this book is constructed, I can’t do my usual kind of book review on it. What I can say is that it’s among my top 10, maybe even top 5, recommended books of all time now.
The book is about how humans (normally) think, and it also teaches you how to avoid falling into the same pitfalls as you’ve done previously. It also understands that you’re a human, and that this is psychology we’re talking about, and in some cases your way of thinking just can’t be changed, and that’s okay too. It’s more about introducing you to different kinds of thinking, and pick and choose which ones you might want to delve deeper into if you want to.
The way the book is structured is as follows: you are introduced to a way of thinking, ‘anchoring’ for example, and then you’re given small mind puzzles that expose you to the faults in your thinking and how human psyhology works against you.
What I mean by this is, all of us are wired to think in the “wrong” way to solve problems. Human mind is actively looking for the quickest to solve difficult questions. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does work against you in multitude of ways. Some people have realised that there are faults in our thinking, and have started to apply different kinds of methods to work around that, and it often leads to better results in the long run. That is this book in a nutshell. However, this nut has quite a big shell (as in the book is quite big).
I couldn’t possibly do you any favor by dissecting this book like I usually do in my reviews. It’s meant to be read by yourself, slowly, as you solve each problem for yourself and start seeing what your mind is telling you isn’t always the best solution, which is something you might have previous beieved.
Overall, I believe Thinking, Fast and Slow to be an essential book to read if you want to understand yourself and other people, and if you are interested in developing your own way of thinking. Highly recommended – you will not regret reading this book.
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