The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

Thomas Gilovich Lee Ross


The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

  • Title: The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights
  • Author: Thomas Gilovich Lee Ross
  • ISBN: 9781451677546
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover



Renowned psychologists describe the most useful insights from social psychology that can help make you wise wise about why people behave the way they do, and wise about how to use that knowledge in understanding and influencing the people in your life.When faced with a challenge, we often turn to those we trust for words of wisdom Friends, relatives, and colleagues soRenowned psychologists describe the most useful insights from social psychology that can help make you wise wise about why people behave the way they do, and wise about how to use that knowledge in understanding and influencing the people in your life.When faced with a challenge, we often turn to those we trust for words of wisdom Friends, relatives, and colleagues someone with the best advice about how to boost sales, the most useful insights into raising children, or the sharpest take on an ongoing conflict In The Wisest One in the Room, renowned social psychologists Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross ask Why What do these people know What are the foundations of their wisdom And, as professors and researchers who specialize in the study of human behavior, they wonder What general principles of human psychology are they drawing on to reach these conclusions They begin by noting that wisdom, unlike intelligence, demands some insight into people their hopes, fears, passions, and drives It s true for the executive running a Fortune 500 company, the candidate seeking public office, the artist trying to create work that will speak to the ages, or the single parent trying to get a child through the tumultuous adolescent years To be wise, they maintain, one must be psych wise.Gilovich and Ross show that to answer any kind of behavioral question, it is essential to understand the details especially the hidden and subtle details of the situational forces acting upon us Understanding these forces is the key to becoming wiser in the way we understand the people and events we encounter, and wiser in the way we deal with the challenges that are sure to come our way perhaps even the key to becoming the wisest in the room.


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This is a book it is well worthwhile getting your hands on. I've read another book by Gilovich - How We Know What Isn't So - and have recommended it to lots of people since reading it. This one is interesting because it is basically a companion to cognitive errors we are likely to make and how to notice and avoid them. One of the main ideas in this book is that we see how we do things as being 'normal' and how everyone else does things as slightly strange. The example given is of how we perceive [...]

Another in an excellent crop of books about social psychology in recent years (see my bookshelf brain-cogsci-socialpsych for others). Each emphasizes slightly different characteristics, and each uses different metaphors to present the information and help it stick. This one doesn't use the word "heuristic" so it sounds more like common sense than "psychobabble," (though it does describe some mental processes that others would label as heuristics). It also provides more concrete steps one can tak [...]

Two social psychologists created a book about emotional intelligence and self awareness in a way that is both easy to understand and academically sound. The authors play on the specific human idiosyncrasy that makes parables and anecdotes easier to understand and remember (what social psychologist worth their salt wouldn't?) While underlining their credibility with studies others have done.My only complaint with this book is that it took forever to get to the point. After two or three examples a [...]

Originally posted on: batsarenotbugs/2015/12I normally really enjoy books like this, but I approached The Wisest One in the Room with more trepidation than usual. This was due to two specific words/phrases in the book's pesky subtitle (How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights): "How" and "Social Psychology." I'm not claiming that I'm often or even ever the wisest member of a room, I just dislike "how-to" books as they tend to have unappetizing content-to-fluff ratios a [...]

I caught the rebroadcast of the YouAreNotSoSmart podcastWhy you often believe people who see the world differently are wrongand thought this might be worth reading.

Of the many definitions proposed for wisdom, perhaps the most intriguing is “seeing beyond illusion.” When most people are captivated by illusions, the wisest one in the room sees past them and proposes new solutions. The authors draw on recent research in social psychology, judgement, and decision making to help us become wiser. These insights help us see beyond five classes of compelling illusions that often mislead us. The second part of the book applies these wise perspectives to solving [...]

ชอบมาก นึกว่าจะเป็นหนังสือเเนวself-help เเต่ไม่ใช่เลย เนื้อหาหลักๆพูดถึงความคิดในเเง่cognitionของคนในสังคมตั้งเเค่เรื่องเล็กๆน้อยๆจนถึงเรื่องการเมือง(ส่วนมากเป็นของเมกา ถ้าไม่อินก็อา [...]

What does it mean to be wise? Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross, in The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit From Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights, define wisdom as "Wisdom involves knowing when the information available is insufficient for the problem at hand. It involves the recognition that how things are right now might seem very different down the road" (p. 4).We look at the world and believe what we see (naive realism). What I love about psychology is that it opens up the world [...]

I picked this book up by chance from a local library, and found the content surprisingly interesting and myself fascinated by the insights and anecdotes offered throughout the book. I took a long time finishing the book, for each chapter actually does make me ponder on the concepts, reflect on my way of viewing the world and show me fresh new perspectives. From naive realism to dissonance reduction, when the social psychologist explains the idea, they all make sense, but before reading the book, [...]

About 10 pages of this book are about naïve realism, and I would recommend those 10 pages. People believe that they see the world objectively and without bias, and people think that others will come to the same conclusions, so long as they are exposed to the same information and interpret it in a rational manner. People believe that others who do not share the same views must be ignorant, irrational, or biased. In fact, the average person is right an average amount of the time. Average people a [...]

For me, the utility of books like The Wisest One in the Room is measured by the degree to which they highlight systematic defects in thought that lead to poor decision-making. By this standard, this book does a good job explaining two common sources of bias: naive realism and the fundamental attribution error. Naive realism refers to our tendency to believe that our perceptions are, in fact, reality. This bias is often compounded by the fundamental attribution error, which refers to a belief tha [...]

I was hoping this was a self-help book with tops on how to appear intelligent. I felt like I was reading a college textbook when I read this. I am sure it would make an excellent college text for Psychology students. I did not enjoy reading about all kinds of studies and their findings. I just wanted a list of things to do and this was not it.

I found the first half of the book to be pretty fascinating. Lost some interest in the second half. It definitely had good takeaways.

Tytuł trochę mylący, a w połączeniu z manierą mówienia o 'byciu najmądrzejszym w pokoju' co trzecie zdanie nawet irytujący. Ale poza tym książka bardzo ciekawa. W skrócie podsumowuje co ciekawsze odkrycia psychologii społecznej, pokazując jak trochę lepiej zrozumieć naturę człowieka - tego drugiego, ale też i siebie samego.Dla mnie najciekawsze były rozdziały dotyczące sporów, dyskusji i niezrozumienia, w szczególności w odniesieniu do dużych grup spierających się o p [...]

Useful knowledge, but arduous read.Useful, distilled knowledge - mostly social psychology, and how to apply, or at least consider them in daily life - with more than enough proof and examples, which are repeated or paraphrased way too many times throughout the entire book. This made it a rather arduous read at many points. Also, I did not appreciate the bonus chapter on climate change advocacy at the end.

Very interesting read! The whole thing wasn't too overwhelming with statistics and/or complex theory. All of it was very digestible and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the latter focus on concrete examples in both education and climate change policy issues.This book is definitely a candidate for a second reading.

There were lots of elaborative examples. Too many, in my honest opinion, to drive home one simple point. If anything, it was a lot more content heavy than I expected it to be and made it difficult to even get halfway through the book.

Great summary of some cognition biases, mistakes we make in life and behavioral psychology.

This best assisted me in area of 'naive realism'. Happy to report that I am now neither naive or realistic!

Pretty good read.

I just couldn't connect with this writing. Some of the political examples were hard to imagine using in "normal" life. It was okay but not great.

Interesting, but a little too technical for my taste.

Buku ini termasuk buku psikologi populer bernuansa ilmiah yang cukup menarik, di dalamnya terkandung berbagai hasil penelitian yang menggambarkan tentang kodrat manusia: bagaimana manusia berpikir, merasa, dan beprilaku di lingkungan sekitarnya. Saya menyukai beberapa hasil temuannya tentang cara berpikir manusia. Semestinya, dengan membaca buku ini, seseorang dapat menyadari bahwa manusia yang dikatakan sebagai makhluk rasional, terkadang juga bisa menjadi makhluk yang irasional. Dan karenanya [...]

Humans make decisions every day, and yet the processes by which we do so are affected by a number of biases that can result in poor choices, which can in turn lead to poor outcomes. By making ourselves aware of these biases and developing strategies to mitigate their effects, we can make better decisions that hopefully result in better outcomes.Biases such as naive realism (the belief that our way of seeing things—as individuals or as societies—is objectively correct, and that others would a [...]

I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway. It is such a simple and (seemingly) obvious point that we all have unique perspectives given our unique prior experiences and given the particular situation. Yet, human action on a personal and global scale suggest that we generally do not act in accordance with this principle. Rather, we assume that the world we see is the same as the world seen by others; and we assume that what is obvious to us must be obvious to them, or else they are [...]

Another behavioral-econ book, chock full of astonishing results on cognitive biases, that you by now heard 1000000000000 times (that's a 1 followed by 100000000000000 zeros!).If you've read Thinking Fast & Slow and Nudge, you know 99.99% of this material (and heard 98% of it twice + >50% of the experiments didn't replicate).So why 4 stars? I actually liked it quite a lot - this takes the same old results and focuses on their social psychological context and implications (e.g. political / [...]

This book rehashes a lot of what I've read in other similar books, like Dobelli's The Art of Thinking Clearly. That put me off at first. However, I think the emphasis is slightly different. Many of the things that are espoused in this book seem to relate more to empathetic "psychology hacks", in the sense that the authors urge you to put yourself in the shoes of another person to think why that person may think differently from you.At times, it gets a little political, which is also different. I [...]

Had to surrender this one back to the library because it was requested by someone else. I loved this book and found it very inspiring. The author(s) take academic research findings and apply them to situations in everyday life and the work world. Their suggestions caused me to revamp many of the ways I was presenting information in my marketing work for my job. I made boatloads of notes and have began an entire campaign based on this book. It's been well-received! Looking forward to finishing th [...]

This was an Audible purchase when I couldn't find the book at my local library. It was a pretty good audio book but I wish Audible routinely included chapter titles in their table of contents. There is a lot of info here and it would be easier to revisit if you had a clearer map. Gilovich reviews naive realism (and the belief that your reasoning is superior to your neighbors), the effects of situations and context on reason and judgment, lenses and filters. He also talks about insights of social [...]

Good read, insightful but a bit of a grinder to get through, although that is not uncommon for me and psychology books. Made a lot of notes with this one. Heard about it through the "You are not so smart" podcast, Naive Realism episode.


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