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Interesting insights into bad mental habits, July 18 2009
This book provides some interest insights into common mental mistakes people make every day, perhaps many times every day, explaining why we do them and why they are harmful.
I don't read self-help books and this is not one of them. However, this book helped me identify "mental habits" which are a waste of time and energy.
The different types of "mental traps" are discussed with reference to every day examples. This makes the otherwise heavy topic accessible and more light than you might expect. Examples of every day behaviours discussed in the book are continuing to watch a movie or TV program which you dislike (persistence), continuing to work while talking on the phone (division), and rushing through important tasks (acceleration).
The goal of the book is to show why these mistakes lead us away from goals which will make us happier. It doesn't try to preach work over play, but to spend more time doing things which have value to you. Value can be entertainment, work or whatever else you can think of. Hopefully once you know how to identify these flaws in thinking and behaving you will be more apt to stop them in the future.