To one degree or another, we
all misjudge reality. Our perception—of ourselves and the world around us—is
much more malleable than we realize. This self-deception influences every major
aspect of our personal and social life, including relationships, sex, politics,
careers, and health.
Ourselves, Joseph Hallinan offers a nuts-and-bolts look at how this
penchant shapes our everyday lives, from the medicines we take to the decisions
we make. It shows, for instance, just how much the power of many modern medicines,
particularly antidepressants and painkillers, is largely in our heads. Placebos
in modern-day life extend beyond hospitals, to fake thermostats and “elevator
close” buttons that don’t really work … but give the perception that they do.
Kidding Ourselves brings together a variety of subjects, linking
seemingly unrelated ideas in fascinating and unexpected ways. And ultimately,
it shows that deceiving ourselves is not always negative or foolish. As
increasing numbers of researchers are discovering, it can be incredibly useful,
providing us with the resilience we need to persevere, in the boardroom,
bedroom, and beyond.
Provocative, accessible, and easily applicable to multiple
facets of everyday life, Kidding
Ourselves is an extraordinary new exploration of our mind’s flexibility. Download and start listening now!