Friday, August 30, 2013

ReView of THINKING FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman

Genre: NonFiction/Psychology
Format: Paperback
Length: 499 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
First Published: 2011

First and foremost I have to give everyone a heads up that the audio of this book is much more pleasant and rewarding than the actual book.  The actual book looks too technical to the eyes when you're reading it, and it's very distracting.  By listening to the book you get to actually experience the concepts.  With that being said, this book is pretty fantastic.  One of the best things about the book is that it will teach you to be aware of your responses to your experiences as well as to your biases of your thinking.

"In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast, and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.  System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberate, and more logical.  Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities -and also the faults and biases - of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior.  The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation - each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgement and decisions. 
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking.  He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives - and how we can use different techniques to guard the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.  Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking." (GoodReads)

This book is long!  It took me almost a whole month to chew through it. And there is so much useful information in this book that I can't even cover in this review.  I'll just talk about a few things that made this book a worthwhile experience while listening to it.

First, this book really emphasized, more than anything, the importance of being aware of the two types of thinking that we practice.  Fast thinking.  Slow thinking. Furthermore, understanding the implications of these two types of thinking, realizing the errors and biases that result from our fast thinking and the laziness that results out of our slow thinking.

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