Extended Audio Sample

Download Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious (Unabridged), by Timothy D. Wilson
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 Barret Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 4 votes

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.

Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations