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Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself

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People base thousands of choices across a lifetime on the views they hold of their skill and moral character, yet a growing body of research in psychology shows that such self-views are often misguided or misinformed. Anyone who has dealt with others in the classroom, in the workplace, in the medical office, or on the therapist's couch has probably experienced people whose ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Psychology Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Henry Barry
Jan 04, 2015 added it
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A short social psychology book from 2005 that gets into the research about cognitive biases. Unlike many nonfiction books, this is short on anecdotes and heavy on references to individual studies, making it a bit more boring sometimes but more brief. A fascinating read. Some key findings that stick in my mind: many people overestimate their ability at something because they have no idea what skill at that thing looks like (thinking you're a great dancer when you have no idea what good dance even ...more
Shicheng Huang
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Self-evaluation is hard. One should keep in mind that terrible self-evaluation doesn’t not affect a happy life much. To improve self-judgment, one could not overlook his or her past data, also others’ data. One should keep in mind that any other person has very similar mental and biological complexities as ourselves. If you see others feel lazy to finish their new year resolution, the chance that you will feel like that is not low(even though you think you have more control).

Optimism often lead
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Leonardo
Oct 18, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference
Citado en el artículo de Pugno en Capabilities and Happiness. ...more
Ed Terrell
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Self-knowledge is very, very hard and the challenges are numerous and formidable”.

This is the conclusion of Dunning’s fascinating book about how we look at ourselves and how often self-analysis is quite different from reality. Its like being in Lake Woebegone where "all the children are above average". It turns out that judging our skills in a certain specific domain requires the same cognitive expertise that it takes to be “good” in that domain. Think about all the drivers you know that are ab
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Carol Sorensen
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. Dunning sums up a career's worth of work in social psychology, and translates it into knowledge that we can all take away. The book is so worthwhile that I keep re-reading and referring to bits of it in my daily life.

If you thought you knew yourself, well - you're likely wrong!

I wish everyone who has a huge body of knowledge would do this for the rest of us. Thank you, Dr. Dunning!
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Mehrdad
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read! David Dunning is a knowledgeable and reflective professor (of Psychology) and an author who is sharing "his life-long study and work" with the world through this book!
Thanks Prof Dunning!
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