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Stumbling on happiness

Author: Daniel Todd Gilbert
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2006.
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Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Why do patients remember long medical procedures as less painful than short ones? Why do home sellers demand prices they wouldn't dream of paying if they were home buyers? Why does the line at the grocery store always slow down when we join it? In this book, Harvard psychologist Gilbert describes the foibles of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gilbert, Daniel Todd.
Stumbling on happiness.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2006
(OCoLC)607592154
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Todd Gilbert
ISBN: 1400077427 9781400077427 1400042666 9781400042661 0676978576 9780676978575
OCLC Number: 61362165
Description: xvii, 277 p. : ill., 25 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword --
pt. 1. Prospection --
1. Journey to Elsewhen --
pt. 2. Subjectivity --
2. The view from in here --
3. Outside looking in --
pt. 3. Realism --
4. In the blind spot of the mind's eye --
5. The hound of silence --
pt. 4. Presentism --
6. The future is now --
7. Time bombs --
pt. 5. Rationalization --
8. Paradise glossed --
9. Immune to reality --
pt. 6. Corrigibility --
10. Once bitten --
11. Reporting live from tomorrow --
Afterword --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Daniel Gilbert.
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Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Why do patients remember long medical procedures as less painful than short ones? Why do home sellers demand prices they wouldn't dream of paying if they were home buyers? Why does the line at the grocery store always slow down when we join it? In this book, Harvard psychologist Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Using the latest research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what we have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there, and why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.--From publisher description.

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