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Why Smart People Do Dumb Things by Mortimer Feinberg

Title Why Smart People Do Dumb Things
Author Mortimer Feinberg
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 1995-04-26
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 294
ISBN 0671892584
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Looks at famous business blunders, including the new Coke and Ed Rollins' election claims, suggests common causes for such mistakes, and suggests ways to avoid them

Title Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Author Gene F. Ostrom
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2001-06
Category Psychology
Total Pages 238
ISBN 0595187986
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Why Smart People Do Stupid Things addresses a question that’s frequently on our minds. When Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was exposed many people were utterly astounded. How could he? Most of us were asking. Answers aren’t easy to come by because we have spent considerable time building on our strengths to the neglect of our dark side. We aren’t only puzzled when we see friends, co-workers, or public leaders engage in stupid, unseemly, unexplainable acts, we are personally threatened by it. If them, why not still others or perhaps ourselves. This book looks at numerous examples of apparently unexplainable stupidities with particular focus upon Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Every mindless act doesn’t turn out wrong. There are occasions when the outcome greatly benefits us. On the other hand, there are many times when the result goes against us to our disadvantage if not to the point of tragedy. Why? This book addresses the complex issues involved in making rational decisions, including excusable error. Analyses are offered in a readily understandable style. Potential solutions are described. The topic is of vital interest to us individually as well as to the nation.

Blind Spots by Madeleine L. Van Hecke

Title Blind Spots
Author Madeleine L. Van Hecke
Publisher
Release 2007
Category Psychology
Total Pages 256
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Psychologist Van Hecke argues that much of what we label stupidity can better be explained as blind spots. Full of funny, poignant stories about human foibles, "Blind Spots" offers many insights for improving our social and political lives.

Title Why Smart People Do Stupid Things with Money
Author Bert Whitehead
Publisher Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release 2009-06
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 244
ISBN 9781402766893
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

For many of us, planning our own financial future presents pitfalls at every turn, because the truth is, when it comes to money, we are not always rational. Now you can take control of your economic life with confidence. Bert Whitehead, one of the top money-management advisors in America, gives you all the information you need to manage your wealth wisely by relying on your strongest asset-yourself. Book jacket.

Title Why Smart People Do Stupid Things Revised and Updated
Author Gene F. Ostrom
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2008-12-10
Category Social Science
Total Pages 216
ISBN 1440108609
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

"Why Smart People Do Stupid Things: Revised and Updated" follows the original publication by more than seven years. We worried and fretted then particularly about the stupidity exhibited by two of our recent presidents. Of course, we worried about ourselves and the host of other intelligent people who behaved out of character at one time or another. Today, rather than seeing improvement, we see a worsening of the condition in which obviously intelligent people do tragically stupid things. Not only that. The increased stupidty is operating at an institutional level. Note the functioning of major financial corporations, regulatory agencies of the federal government, and the United States congress. It is mind bogling. Answers aren't easy to come by because there are complex political and sociological factors that have bearing on the problem. But at the core--and where it most matters--are psychological and spiritual forces. We need to take a look at individuals and individuals need to take a look at themselves. This book explores why and it offers possible solutions. The analyses are presented in a readily understandable style with numerous illustrations.

Why Smart People Can be So Stupid by Robert J. Sternberg

Title Why Smart People Can be So Stupid
Author Robert J. Sternberg
Publisher Yale University Press
Release 2002-01-01
Category Psychology
Total Pages 276
ISBN 9780300101706
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, or even brilliant. The behavior of smart individuals--from presidents to prosecutors to professors--is at times so amazingly stupid as to seem inexplicable. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave in ways so stupid that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This book is the first devoted to investigating what the most current psychological research can tell us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume, renowned scholars in various areas of human intelligence, present fascinating examples of people messing up their lives, and they offer insights into the reasons for such behavior. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors discuss: - The nature and theory of stupidity - How stupidity contributes to stupid behavior - Whether stupidity is measurable While many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid focuses on the neglected side of this discussion, reviewing the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior and analyzing what it tells us about how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.

Title Everyday Survival Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Author Laurence Gonzales
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release 2009-10-05
Category Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0393069656
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

“Well-written and fascinating . . . this is the kind of book you want everyone to read.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer “Curiosity, awareness, attention,” Laurence Gonzales writes. “Those are the tools of our everyday survival. . . . We all must be scientists at heart or be victims of forces that we don’t understand.” In this fascinating account, Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the blessings of evolution to overcome the hazards of everyday life. Everyday Survival will teach you to make the right choices for our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world—whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder.

Title Everyday Survival Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Author Laurence Gonzales
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release 2009-10-05
Category Psychology
Total Pages 289
ISBN 0393337065
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The author of Deep Survival draws on cutting-edge science to offer additional insight into the ways human minds and bodies work, discussing how to apply lessons in evolutionary history to overcome everyday behavioral hazards. 50,000 first printing.

Title The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money
Author Jill Schlesinger
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release 2019-02-05
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0525622195
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

You’re smart. So don’t be dumb about money. Pinpoint your biggest money blind spots and take control of your finances with these tools from CBS News Business Analyst and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Jill on Money, Jill Schlesinger. “A must-read . . . This straightforward and pleasingly opinionated book may persuade more of us to think about financial planning.”—Financial Times Hey you . . . you saw the title. You get the deal. You’re smart. You’ve made a few dollars. You’ve done what the financial books and websites tell you to do. So why isn’t it working? Maybe emotions and expectations are getting in the way of good sense—or you’re paying attention to the wrong people. If you’ve started counting your lattes, for god’s sake, just stop. Read this book instead. After decades of working as a Wall Street trader, investment adviser, and money expert for CBS News, Jill Schlesinger reveals thirteen costly mistakes you may be making right now with your money. Drawing on personal stories and a hefty dose of humor, Schlesinger argues that even the brightest people can behave like financial dumb-asses because of emotional blind spots. So if you’ve saved for college for your kids before saving for retirement, or you’ve avoided drafting a will, this is the book for you. By following Schlesinger’s rules about retirement, college financing, insurance, real estate, and more, you can save money and avoid countless sleepless nights. It could be the smartest investment you make all year. Praise for The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money “Common sense is not always common, especially when it comes to managing your money. Consider Jill Schlesinger’s book your guide to all the things you should know about money but were never taught. After reading it, you’ll be smarter, wiser, and maybe even wealthier.”—Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle and The $100 Startup “A must-read, whether you’re digging yourself out of a financial hole or stacking up savings for the future, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money is a personal finance gold mine loaded with smart financial nuggets delivered in Schlesinger’s straight-talking, judgment-free style.”—Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and Get a Financial Life

The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

Title The Intelligence Trap
Author David Robson
Publisher National Geographic Books
Release 2019-08-06
Category Psychology
Total Pages 0
ISBN 0393651428
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An eye-opening examination of the stupid things smart people do—and how to cultivate skills to protect ourselves from error. Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else, they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the "intelligence trap," the subject of David Robson’s fascinating and provocative book. The Intelligence Trap explores cutting-edge ideas in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, including "strategic ignorance," "meta-forgetfulness," and "functional stupidity." Robson reveals the surprising ways that even the brightest minds and most talented organizations can go wrong—from some of Thomas Edison’s worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI. And he offers practical advice to avoid mistakes based on the timeless lessons of Benjamin Franklin, Richard Feynman, and Daniel Kahneman.