Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

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Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being.

The lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don't, why some nations hold together while others splinter.

Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of what it really means to be human.



Author: Shankar Vedantam, Bill Mesler
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 03/02/2021
Pages: 264
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780393652208

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2020 pg. 53
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2020
Library Journal 01/01/2021 pg. 83
Booklist 01/01/2021 pg. 19