Dumber than you know

If you’ve ever felt intelligent, unique and full of personality—think again. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney—adapted from his blog—reminds us that we are irrational human beings governed by our subconscious. The book is conveniently divided into 48 short chapters, each detailing a fault or curiosity of human behavior. If you have ever wondered why underground culture routinely becomes pop culture or been puzzled when barely anyone notices your new T-shirt, this book will enlighten and satisfy. McRaney’s prose is accessible and intelligent. He explains each concept clearly and references relevant psychological studies. You Are Not So Smart is for those of us who would prefer awareness of exactly what it is that makes us, uh, not so smart.