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Posted April 17, 2012
The author has a point.
This book is a result of many social psychological studies. It makes the point that most outcomes fly in the face of conventional thinking. The author cites many examples. Very interesting if you are a student of human nature. His main point is to warn us how easily we are influenced/duped into behavior and conclusions by the very situations we are in. Sometimes crowd mentality is very sad and dysfunctional. Sometimes human behavior is humorous in social situations. He shows us how the various situations manipulate our thinking. It is an intriguing premise, and I found myself in aha moments, but occasionally I thought, "Nah, I would think for myself and not follow the crowd. I have a conscience." However, I can see why people would choose to play it safe, sometimes even cold-bloodedly. The author hopes these points will illuminate his readers into analyzing the situation before acting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mostly the author writes in a conversational tone so it is easy reading. Occasionally, however, I felt he talked in a roundabout way and I got a little confused. Overall, he is trying to help us be true to ourselves.