Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid / Edition 1

Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid / Edition 1

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by Robert J. Sternberg
     
 

One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, even brilliant. The behavior of smart individuals -- from presidents to prosecutors to professors -- is at times inexplicably stupid. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave so stupidly that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives?

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Overview

One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, even brilliant. The behavior of smart individuals -- from presidents to prosecutors to professors -- is at times inexplicably stupid. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave so stupidly that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives?

This book is the first devoted to investigating what the most current psychological research tells us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume, renowned scholars in various areas of human intelligence, present fascinating examples of people sabotaging their own success, and they offer insights into the reasons for such behavior.

While many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid focuses on the neglected side of this discussion, drawing from the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior to help us understand how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300101706
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.62(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
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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