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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Gilbert Narrator: Daniel Gilbert Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? Why do patients remember long medical procedures as being less painful than short ones? Why do home sellers demand prices they wouldn’t dream of paying if they were home buyers? Why are shoppers happier when they can’t get refunds? Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Boryana Rusenova Ina | 2/15/2014

    " Great read if you are a planner like me, and you wonder how come when things go your way, sometimes you end up in a place that is much less enjoyable than what you pictured in your head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/9/2014

    " I recommend this to clients on a regular basis. Research, without the slog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wil Roese | 1/21/2014

    " I have to admit I only made to page 200 and something. It starts out good. Dr Gilbert is very witty and I had to chuckle at almost every page. This book shows using the results of psychological experiments that our memory of the past and our predictions for the future are flawed by rationalization and other tricks our mind plays on us. Gilbert applies this to happiness but that is about as deep as it gets. He seems to disregard the notions of virtue and happiness by limiting his discussion to what he terms emotional happiness and then shows that we can not predict what will make us emotionally happy. The whole book is just experiment after experiment based on rewards such as snack food and from this he extrapolates ideas about our ultimate happiness. It became very monotonous and I could not finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 1/18/2014

    " Surprising research on what really makes people happy. Interesting and actionable. Recommended. "

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