Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid / Edition 1

Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid / Edition 1

by Robert J. Sternberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300101708

ISBN-13: 9780300101706

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Why do intelligent people sometimes behave in ways so stupid that they destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This book is the first to investigate the psychological basis for stupidity in everyday life. Experts shed light on the nature and theory of stupidity, whether stupidity is measurable, how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences,

Overview

Why do intelligent people sometimes behave in ways so stupid that they destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This book is the first to investigate the psychological basis for stupidity in everyday life. Experts shed light on the nature and theory of stupidity, whether stupidity is measurable, how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences, and much more."This book is a serious attempt to understand a common phenomenon. Students of human behavior should find it appealing and may even learn how to avoid doing stupid things."-Psychology Today; "This original book gathers together the best thinking and research on what causes smart people to do foolish things. A highly original work with an exceptional list of contributors."-Martin Ford, George Mason University; "Marvelous, devilishly clever, and culturally timely book. . . . A fascinating exploration. . . . All of the contributions are outstanding."-Choice;

Author Biography: Robert J. Sternberg is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and director of PACE, the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise, at Yale University. He is a widely known expert on intelligence testing and the author or editor of some sixty books, including The Psychology of Love and Competence Considered, both published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300101706
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
575,681
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
1Why and When Are Smart People Stupid?1
2Beliefs That Make Smart People Dumb24
3Smart People Doing Dumb Things: The Case of Managerial Incompetence42
4The Engine of Folly64
5When Smart People Behave Stupidly: Reconciling Inconsistencies in Social-Emotional Intelligence86
6Sex, Lies, and Audiotapes: The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal106
7Rationality, Intelligence, and Levels of Analysis in Cognitive Science: Is Dysrationalia Possible?124
8Smart Is as Stupid Does: Exploring Bases of Erroneous Reasoning of Smart People Regarding Learning and Other Disabilities159
9Personality Dispositions187
10When "Stupid" Is Smarter Than We Are: Mindlessness and the Attribution of Stupidity212
11Smart People Are Not Stupid, But They Sure Can Be Foolish: The Imbalance Theory of Foolishness232
List of Contributors243
Index245

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