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You Can Beat Your Brain [Kindle Edition]

David McRaney
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In the follow-up to the international bestseller You Are Not So Smart, McRaney helps us to overcome our quirks and think more effectively. Informed by the latest studies in psychology, You Can Beat Your Brain is a pocket-sized primer packed with wry humour and astonishing facts. You’ll discover why tall people earn more money, why a rickety bridge is a good place for a first date, and how to avoid irrational beliefs and self-delusion.

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"Utterly absorbing and entertaining… McRaney’s follow-up to his best-selling You Are Not So Smart is just as provocative and punctures self-delusion with equal force."

(Daily Mail)


'The fusion of wry prose and enlightening minilessons is what makes this book so special—page after page, readers will be laughing, learning, and looking at themselves in new ways. McRaney is a fine stylist, easily balancing anecdote, analysis, and witty asides. Despite a flippant and self-helpy title, this book is seriously informative.'
Publisher's Weekly

'One of our favourite writers'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780743742
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure inside your brain 27 Dec. 2013
By Stephen Green TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a best-selling book that has been prominent in book stores and will no doubt introduce new readers into some quirky new findings about the way our brain works. For certain some of the studies bring up surprising and often counter-intuitive results. The research methods are of course devised with control groups to route out the false conclusions that we casually arrive at in everyday life for supporting our own biases, prejudices, stereotypes, choices and decisions. It is right therefore that such books should make us check our data more carefully.
One area I really enjoyed was about how to inject excitement into relationships. Such an important piece of knowledge which perhaps goes some way to explaining why good but unexciting people are left mystified by nasty but wilder people seem to enjoy more success in relationships than them.
The book is a witty easy read that is likely to be enjoyed by fans of 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot, Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and suchlike.
However, the cover makes a lot of bold claims that might mislead the reader into thinking that the book offers a more transformative experience than it actually delivers , so please be aware of its limitations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good pop psychology 31 Dec. 2013
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I bought this on the strength of his previous book, You Are Not So Smart. This book follows a similar chapter structure and there some bits which feel like repeats. But the content is very good. It's less of a self-help book and more of a good introduction to psychology, written for the popular audience. You learn about the different ways in which your brain is fooled so that you can combat your own psychology and the style is engaging and flowing. Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening 1 Nov. 2013
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I bought this book on the strength of McRaney's last book, You Are Not So Smart, which I also highly recommend. It's an enjoyable exposition exposition of the psychological literature, which otherwise would be quite dry; he does an excellent job at drawing the various threads together and weaving them into a high-readable narrative. I only have one bone to pick: in the chapter on ego depletion, which relies heavily on research by Roy Baumeister, he says "no matter what the self-help books say, the research suggests that willpower isn't a skill", whereas in Baumeister's book Willpower, he says that you can actually get better at self-control through practice. Other than that though, I found it enlightening - and who knows, maybe it will help me beat my brain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow-up 27 Feb. 2014
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This follow-up to 'you are not so smart', continues to chronicle how we delude ourselves that some of the decisions we make are our own, and how our brains lie to us in order to give a sense of continuity in the world.
Titled 'you are now less dumb' for the American market the author has made some subtle changes to make it much more appropriate to the United Kingdom, supermarkets changing from Walmart to Asda for example.
Want to learn how to turn your enemies into your friends? Then this book is for you
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The author has explained certain behavioural concepts arising in relation to the way our brain is wired and how we are still able to change these externally to some extent. It is provides an in depth analysis of behaviour in layman's terms. Brilliant read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great work 15 July 2014
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Great work.

Very useful collection of simple communication techniques that can radically change the nature of human relationships.

The author did a very good job at researching this stuff, well done.

Highly recommend it for anyone working in a business or political environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissible 16 Feb. 2014
By Seyna
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It is very clever for people who like reading and into this subject. I am still reading it so far it is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read 10 Jun. 2014
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I began this book chuckling about the silliness of other people's brains, got a bit uncomfortable when I realised he was talking about me! Real insights that have absolutely changed the way I think.
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I am cleverer now.
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I strongly recommend this author!
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Published 6 months ago by Nick Langley
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Enjoyed this book lots, Great insight into how the mind works and easy to follow regardless of how much you know about cognitive psychology
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Published 8 months ago by Enda Haughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Thoroughly recommend this and David McRaney's first book, You Are Not So Smart, which led me to his website and podcasts.
Published 10 months ago by MR A F B Nash
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Awesome insight.
Published 11 months ago by FAJ KNIGHT
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Published 15 months ago by Anthony
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