Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception

Vital Lies Simple Truths The Psychology of Self Deception From the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds from brain function to social dyn

  • Title: Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception
  • Author: Daniel Goleman
  • ISBN: 9780684831077
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves.Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds from brain function to social dynamics to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day to day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and memories This self deception is ourFrom the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves.Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds from brain function to social dynamics to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day to day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and memories This self deception is our means of psychic self preservation, the currency of survival in which an entire society colludes But although self deception is sometimes benign, it can also be dangerous and life diminishing This important book both illuminates and raises challenging questions about a subject that is central to our psychological existence.

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    1. Outdated, and a bit dry. The new edition, which came out after 'Focus', needs a lot of revisions - new researches, new models, deletion of not-so-useful information (there is a lot of it). I see no point of the book in 2016 otherwise. I bought this book at a railway station, following a strong, irrational feeling that I should buy it. I was upset about something that had transpired that day and something told me that reading this book in the train will calm my mind / give me just the perspective [...]

    2. Goleman sets out the purpose and mechanisms of self deception at the individual and group levels. Our subconscious naturally filters out noise so we can focus on the signal (e.g. the voice of the person we are speaking with ahead of the hubbub in the room) and the same mechanisms work to save our conscious mind from dwelling too long on unpleasant topics that we can't do anything about (e.g. the threat of nuclear war or the illness of a family member). Groups operate in a similar fashion. Group [...]

    3. Finished Vital Lies,Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception by Daniel Goleman over the weekend. While probably the least exciting book I have read recently - it reminded me quite a bit of my psychology texts from college - the content held enough allure to pull me through it. Even with my prior expsoure to many of the concepts, and considering that much of the thinking is dated (published 1986), there were enough nuggests to ponder, particularly regarding the topic of groupthink. In my o [...]

    4. My father-in-law gave me this book at some point in the nineties. I remember wondering why this book, as he otherwise didn't give me books. His daughter later revealed to me that he thought I lied when telling a story about seeing a white-tipped reef shark while snorkeling in Maledives. This was at the time we started dating and maybe it was one (of many?) reasons he thought I was struggling with keeping reality and fiction apart and I was in dire need of this book. I never asked him, nor did I [...]

    5. Quite a surprise read. Found it full of interesting and useful information. Really identifies well many of the deceptions we play on ourselves in protect ourselves in some form.

    6. I thought this was an interesting book into the world of self-denial. I would describe the book as a whirlwind tour on the topic. This book offers little practical advice on how to solve self-denial (At the end it briefly mentions finding awareness from an unbiased third party). Instead, it describe the what condition is, and why and where it comes up. It starts off by explaining the basic concept of denial. The main idea is that our psyche will protect ourselves from psychological pain (i.e anx [...]

    7. Goleman states his thesis using three premises in the early pages of his book: (1) The mind can protect itself against anxiety by dimming awareness. (2) This mechanism creates a blind spot: a zone of blocked attention and self-deception. (3) Such blind spots occur at each major level of behavior from the psychological to the social. (p. 22)With these principles as his map, Goleman writes an excellent study of human psychological behavior that, whether the reader approaches it as a journal of sel [...]

    8. A few interesting tidbits here and there,a lot of the material has been presented by others.The bit about schizophrenics being less sensitive to pain than normals, and that naltrexone, an opiate/endorphin blocker, improves their capacity for paying attention was interesting. Most scientists studying schizophrenia have focused on dopamine,this may lead to new insights to this curious disease,possibly even new treatments.

    9. Read when it was published in 1996 but Emotional Intelligence, which I read in 1995, had more of an impact on me.

    10. He writes well and I've read many of his books. I find that they are full of examples that don't apply to me so I really don't gain anything, though.

    11. makes you understand on a "molecular" level why you react and how your body reacts in different casual or "out of place" situations I enjoyed it a lot

    12. This is a very interesting book on the ways we deceive ourselves through perception, both as individuals, and through groups. Definitely worth the read

    13. Another eye opener into how our brains and psyche work. A bit complex and heavy going in places but ultimately rewarding I thought.

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