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Stumbling on happiness

Author: Daniel Todd Gilbert
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, Inc., 2007. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Todd Gilbert
ISBN: 9781400077427 1400077427
OCLC Number: 123754067
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Description: xvii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Part I: Prospection. Journey to Elsewhen --
Part II: Subjectivity. The view from in here ; Outside looking in --
Part III: Realism. In the blind spot of the mind's eye ; The hound of silence --
Part IV: Presentism. The future is now ; Time bombs --
Part V: Rationalization. Paradise glossed ; Immune to reality --
Part VI: Corrigibility. Once bitten ; Reporting live from tomorrow --
Afterword.
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.

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