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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (314 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy D. Wilson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection may never show us. This is not your psychoanalyst's unconscious. The adaptive unconscious that empirical psychology has revealed, and that Wilson describes, is much more than a repository of primative drives and conflict-ridden memories. It is a set of pervasive, sophisticated mental processes that size up our worlds, set goals, and initiate action, all while we are consciously thinking about something else. If we don't know ourselves -- our potentials, feelings, or motives -- it is most often, Wilson tells us, because we have developed a plausible story about ourselves that is out of touch with our adaptive unconscious. Citing evidence that too much introspection can actually do damage, Wilson makes the case for better ways of discovering our unconscious selves. If you want to know who you are or what you feel or what you're like, Wilson advises, pay attention to what you actually do and what other people think about you. Showing us an unconscious more powerful that Freud's, and even more pervasive in our daily life, Strangers to Ourselves marks a revolution in how we know ourselves. The book is published by Harvard University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/7/2014

    " A bit dry and timidly asserted, but worth it for the prescriptive bits. Raises a lot more questions than it answers, but will lead you to question the limits of introspection for self-knowledge, and whether you have any idea you have any idea what you want. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristoffer | 11/20/2013

    " Great book on recent research on all those things that we don't know about ourselves but walk around thinking that we do. For once, a scientist that can write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/4/2013

    " A worthwhile read for anyone who has ever wondered about the human subconscious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Hughes | 8/26/2013

    " an interesting summary of research suggesting much of our behaviour and thought processes are beyond the reach of consciousness. a little bit like a thinking man's self-help book but still quite illuminating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carli Connally | 7/4/2013

    " This was a very fascinating book. I found the experiments that he tried to be very interesting, and I think a lot of what he says is true. This isn't a "self-help" book, but rather a presentation of a theory he has and his experiments and data that back it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/14/2013

    " A well-written introduction to issues of the adaptive unconscious, self-concept, and the various elements that affect human behavior. Many references to literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 10/8/2012

    " This book sounded a lot more interesting when I ordered it. After struggling through the first couple of chapters, I decided that the subject was not quite what I needed. No slight on the book itself -- it just didn't suit my needs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 3/14/2012

    " Absolutely fascinating. The unconscious is truly the final frontier in the cognitive world and this book makes a very complicated subject highly accessible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nhi | 3/1/2012

    " read it for school, applied to personal life usefully, good book but there were too many references to other research(which I could've done myself), I'd like it more if it was from a more subjective point of view. I recommend this book for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/3/2012

    " I just re-read this. Starts slow & meanders a little but the last few chapters are priceless. Wilson argues that we do have an unconscious (more or less) but it's not the one described by Freud. Want to know what science has found out about it? This is the book for you. "

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About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.