Author(s): Thomas Gilovich
A brilliant compendium of psychological discoveries that will truly make you wiser, The Wisest One in the Room is an accessible and pragmatic summary of how we perceive and misperceive the world around us, especially the world of other people. As a users' guide to living on earth, it is concise yet comprehensive, practical and inspiring, enabling us to better understand how to communicate with others and take steps to resolve conflicts both social and political.
'A powerful book that brings the best of psychology to bear on the way we live our lives.' -- Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and Outliers 'Gilovich and Ross weave social science, history and anecdotes in a compelling way to help us understand human nature.' -- Dan Ariely, bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog 'Agreeably accessible'. Daily Mail 'Dig deeply into this new volume by prominent social psychologists Gilovich of Cornell University and Ross of Stanford University. In nine very readable chapters, they have mined their field for the gold nuggets-surprising, practical principles derived from many of the best studies in their specialty. The book sparkles with examples...Even though I've taught psychology courses for decades, the authors surprised me repeatedly with these kinds of practical guidelines...Read, be surprised and become wiser.' -- Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist, American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, Scientific American 'Two of the world's most brilliant social psychologists have distilled the field's wisdom into a few essential lessons for understanding the fabric of our everyday lives. This is the essential lecture that you never heard in college. Don't miss it a second time.' -- Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness '"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" Beginning with that George Carlin one-liner, Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross embark on a deep examination of how we all misperceive the people around us. This is a fun book-you'll recognize your own blunders, and those of friends, on almost every page-and also a practical one. Anyone who aspires to be "the Wisest One in the Room" needs this book.' -- William Poundstone, author of How to Predict the Unpredictable and -- Paul R. Ehrlich, professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and award-winning author of Betrayal of Science and Reason
Thomas Gilovich is a professor of psychology at Cornell University, New York and author of How We Know What Isn't So. Lee Ross is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and co-founder of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiations.