I like to think that I know just how advertisers are trying to sway my thoughts and opinions and gain my buying power. I also like to think that I am in complete control of such things as my thoughts, opinions, and buying power. But, evidently, I am not so smart.
I like the color red. I also like to think that I know exactly why I like the color red. But, David McRaney says that I am not so smart.
I like to think that I am a good person who would rush to the help of others in an emergency. I also like to think that I can think quickly on my feet and would know exactly what to do in such an emergency. But the book I just read tells me that I am not so smart. (Sometimes I like to think that I would have no idea what to do in an emergency. Just so we’re clear that at least sometimes I’m smart. Maybe.)
I like having friends. I also like having Facebook friends. I like having more than 150 Facebook friends. But apparently, I am not smart enough to have more than that. You know—because I AM NOT SO SMART.
I could go on, but I will spare you, and let you read about it for yourself in David McRaney’s new book You Are Not So Smart (though I bet you were smart enough to figure out that that was the title already) which is based on his popular blog by the same name (that I wasn’t smart enough to hear about before now, but have now read daily since).
McRaney has taken his blog and moved it to book format with small, blog-sized chapters which announce a misconception (when you are around others, you feel as if everyone is noticing every aspect of your appearance and behavior) and a reality (people devote little attention to you unless prompted to). McRaney then uses psychological studies and examples to explain the misconception du jour and help us all understand exactly how not smart we are.
Fascinating stuff, people. I really enjoyed reading it. It’s the kind of stuff that I can really eat up because it is just so interesting.
That said, I found myself being just the teensyist bit angry at the lack of control I have in my life. Everything around me is apparently manipulating my thoughts and views and I am so unaware of it that I make up lies and reasons to explain my actions. I also don’t like how psychology and the brain are the everything. Some of the studies and misconceptions/truths don’t match up with my religious views. Especially my beliefs that God answers prayers and that the Holy Ghost can lead and guide us through personal revelation. I’m sure that my brain does play a part in that, but I don’t think it’s ALL my brain.
But then, I am not so smart.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for this review.