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Make better choices in life and work by avoiding the psychological “villains” that tempt you to make bad decisions
Do you ever find yourself agonizing over decisions? Do you get distracted by short-term emotions? Are you concerned that you may overlook precious opportunities to change your course? You are not alone. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments.
“Our normal habit, in life, is to develop a quick belief about a situation and then seek out information that bolsters our belief,” write Chip Heath and Dan Heath, bestselling authors of Decisive. “And that problematic habit, called the ‘confirmation bias,’ is the second villain of decision-making. We often pretend that we want truth when we’re really seeking reassurance: ‘Do these jeans make me look fat?’ ‘What did you think of my poem?’ These questions do not crave honest answers.” Learn how to recognize the “psychological villains” that tempt you to make bad decisions – so you can make better choices in life and work.
Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better? Bestselling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath talk about psychological “villains” that tempt us to make bad decisions.
“Before I had any of the rest of the story, I knew I wanted to write about a mother and daughter talking to each other, as spirits, throughout the novel,” reveals Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Afterwards. “I thought it would be fascinating to write characters who could watch and comment on the action but not take part and would enable me to intensely explore their characters and relationship.” In this candid conversation, Rosamund Lupton talks about her literary influences, her ruminations on memory, her favorite character in Afterwards, and why the ending is so incredibly sad.
We were thrilled to sit down with Jennifer Finney Boylan and ask her a few questions about reading, writing, and her new book, Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders. Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Packing for Mars, says “No other memoirist I’ve read so perfectly blends intimacy and witty remove, soul-searching and slapstick, joy and pain. As a child – or as a reader – one could not ask for a wiser, warmer, more engaging companion than Jennifer Finny Boylan.” As always, you can read it first on Read It Forward: Stuck in the Middle with You hits bookshelves on April 23, 2013.
Earning rave reviews for gifted novelist Anouk Markovits, I Am Forbidden is a moving family epic that takes us on an unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. Sweeping from the central European countryside to Paris and contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this is a story of devotion and fate, and the choices that define us. Bringing to life dilemmas of love and law, individual and community, tradition and modernity, I Am Forbidden will spark inspiring dialogues in your reading group. We hope that this reader’s guide will enhance your discussion and reading experience.
“I grew up in a Satmar family,” reveals Anouk Markovits, author of I Am Forbidden. “I was ostracized for decades after I left, but in the last years of my mother’s life, I did have access to Williamsburg and other ultra-orthodox enclaves. Once I decided to write about that world, I did a lot of research because there were episodes about which I had no personal knowledge.”