You Are Not So Smart and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 16.38
  • List Price: CDN$ 26.00
  • You Save: CDN$ 9.62 (37%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself Hardcover – Nov 1 2011


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 16.38
CDN$ 16.38 CDN$ 5.32

2014 Books Gift Guide
Thug Kitchen is featured in our 2014 Books Gift Guide. More gift ideas

Frequently Bought Together

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself + You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself
Price For Both: CDN$ 33.35


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406593
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart-yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us. It turns out we're much more irrational than most of us think, so give yourself every advantage you can and read this book."
(-Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit.com)

"You Are Not So Smart is the go-to blog for understanding why we all do silly things."
(-Lifehacker.com)

"You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in fact, You Are Not So Smart is quite big-hearted."
(-Jason Kottke, Kottke.org)

"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." -David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now

About the Author

A two-time winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, journalist David McRaney writes the blog youarenotsosmart.com. A self-described psychology nerd, he lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2012
Format: Hardcover
Journalist and social media director David McRaney has bad news for those of us who think we're smart: we confirm our own biases by reading copacetic newspapers and websites, we believe phony, horoscope-style niceties about ourselves and, even though we think ourselves moral, we stray just as often as the guy next to us.

"You Are Not So Smart" provides a tour of some of the major findings in the field of psychology aimed at pointing out the self-delusions most of us harbour but don't notice. McRaney divides the book into 47 short, easy-to-read and engaging chapters in which he proves that, even in a state of deep introspection, humans "miss many influences, accumulating on [our] persona[e], like barnacles on the side of a ship.'

Despite a couple of duds, McRaney succeeds at keeping his reader's attention throughout a book that could easily have become boring half way through. He adopts a friendly, casual style, much like Neil Pasricha in "The Book of Awesome" but provides well-researched, intelligent evidence to support his claims. But one question remains unanswered: how do we combat natural human tendency and actually become "smarter"?
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crowceilidh on Dec 1 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent john book. Divided up into short chapters which detail different types of fallacious thinking, it is best absorbed one gulp at a time. The book lost steam a little for me as I progressed. Some chapters are full of interesting research and experimental evidence, others are less grippingly reliant on rather old stuff (really, the marshmallow test again?) The wonderful thing about the contents of the book, as the author warns you, is that there are so many fallacies in our thinking that the scope is too overwhelming to foster any improvement/change. So I have a whole bunch of new knowledge but I don't have to do anything about it.

The only people who wouldn't enjoy it are the illiterate or people already very highly educated in the field. It's clearly written and easily absorbed.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An enjoyable glossary of errors in thinking that I thought only I made (well, my wife, too). Each 'error' is somewhat truncated in it's discussion on what one can do to correct it, but McRaney's purpose is not to be a clinician. His purpose is to inform, and let you figure out the rest. It's astounding to learn how many thoughts our entrusted brain are, in fact, just BS. A liberating experience.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Hardcover
I find myself becoming a McRaney fanboy, something he advises against in this very book. A perfectly complimentary read to its sequel, You are now Less Dumb. I recommend buying both books, reading them, then keeping them in your bathroom, so you contemplate daily how not so smart you are.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
I devoured this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes psychology. Most of the segments are great, procrastination and the spotlight effect comes to mind! Plenty of studies back up the author's claim. It's great!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.


Feedback