Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley

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Read Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want Online Free - You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It’s a sixth sense you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. At its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human beings. At its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams.

How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, know who really likes you, or tell when someone is lying? How well do you really understand the minds of those closest to you, from your spouse to your kids to your best friends? Do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or clients want?

In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces us to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? Mindwise will not turn other people into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself. 

Title : Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want
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ISBN : 0307595919
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 242 pages


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship rated it ★★★★☆

March 27, 2016

3.5 stars This is one of those psychology books for a general audience that does much more to inform readers about the failings of the human mind than to teach us how to be better. In other words, it’s more intellectual than practical. That said, it’s accessible and I think most readers would bene...

Darcia rated it ★★★☆☆

July 24, 2017

This is an easy, light read, written in everyday language that works well for the casual reader. Epley offers data from various studies to show us how often we make assumptions about others, and how often those assumptions are wrong. He also gives us insight into how and why we - often unconsciou...

Damaskcat rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2014

One of my pet hates is people who try and tell me what I’m thinking when I say something – or tell me my reasons for making a particular remark or performing a particular action. My invariable response is ‘Don’t try and tell me what is going on in my head – you don’t know unless I tell you.’ Huma...

Sean rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2015

Sixth sense = theory of mind = mind reading (or assuming, more accurately) The problem with our sixth sense is that the confidence we have in this sense far outstrips our actual ability, and the confidence we have in our judgement rarely gives us a good sense of how accurate we actually are. The hu...

Anna rated it ★★★☆☆

July 14, 2016

An interesting book, but I'm not sure I understand people any better after reading this. I do, however, understand why I don't understand them a lot better. Especially interesting were the parts where Epley explained how trying to understand other people often ends up in understanding them a lot...

Lorilin rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2014

First off, I have to say how much I appreciate Epley's writing style. This book is PACKED with information, but it was effortless to read because he is such a clear and focused writer. In every chapter, he outlines what he's going to say, then he says it, and then he summarizes what he said and e...

Miranda rated it ★★★☆☆

May 17, 2015

Summarized interesting studies. Focused on the "thinking" a lot more the "feelings" side of things but compelling all the same. Remember we are good at understanding each other but not as great as we think. Remember to ask, express, reflect, and listen. (There, now you don't have to read it!)

Juliet rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

This is a practical book that offers insight into how minds, specifically one's own mind, works. The author argues that we too often believe that we can read the minds of others, especially those close to us. In reality, these assumptions can lead to incorrect or dangerous outcomes. Through relat...

Henrik rated it ★★★★★

September 16, 2017

A very wise and one of the best books! • Sixth sense: you are a mind reader • Strangers read each other with an average accuracy rate of 20% , close friends and married couples 35% • We have an illusion of insight; a gap between how much partners actually knew about each other and how much they b...

Jennie rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 27, 2014

This book was not what I was hoping for and I kept waiting to have some revelation about interpersonal interaction... I never did. I am not the intended audience for this book and neither are any of my social worker friends (so feel free to skip it, you already know everything in this book anyway)...

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