Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception

Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception

by Joseph T. Hallinan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385348683
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JOSEPH T. HALLINAN, a former writer for The Wall Street Journal, is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Power of Nothing Placebos, Mass Hysteria, and Fatal Delusions

The Medicine of Imagination 9

The Human Stampede 28

Fatal Instincts 42

Part II The Eye of the Beholder Perception, Expectation, and the Lure of Superstition

Dial E for Expectation 67

True Believers 88

Control Freaks 104

Lucky Charms 125

Part III Delusions of Success Power, Money, and Risk

Drunk with Power 145

It Can't Happen to Me 162

Enduring the Blizzard 180

Conclusion 203

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 213

Bibliography 223

Index 255

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