Read Careful: A User's Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds Online Free - -Gripping, page-turning material . . . a new way of thinking about survival in a world filled with hazards and distractions.- --Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit
A safety expert reveals why few of us are as careful as we think we are, and what we can do about it.
The modern world can be a dangerous place, filled with fast cars, smartphones, new drugs, and thrill sports. Meanwhile, we humans are as fragile as ever. In fact, after a century of steady improvement, injuries and accidental deaths are on the rise.
Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows there's not a safety warning we won't ignore or a foolproof device we can't turn into an implement of disaster.
Careful helps us understand why we do things like insist on the fat-free salad dressing but then text and drive. Casner explains the psychological traps that can lead us to the scene of an accident. They're the same whether you're a pilot, a Hollywood stuntwoman, a parent, or the owner of a clogged dishwasher you're trying to fix with a screwdriver. Then Casner shows us how and when the injuries happen, so we know exactly what we should really be worrying about.
Casner's book helps us keep our fingers attached in the kitchen, our kids afloat at the pool, and our teens safe behind the wheel, and shows us many other ways we can take control of our own safety and get through the day in one piece.
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June 13, 2017
I knew I was in trouble when early in the book I see, "In a recent study, my colleague...found that while driving on open stretches of road, drivers spend significant amounts of their time engaged in what we call mind wandering or task-unrelated thought." Really.
Statistics are simply presented,...
May 13, 2017
This was an interesting and surprisingly witty book that justified all the paranoid behaviors I already have. Lots of scary statistics but also practical ideas about how to be safer.
*I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
June 25, 2017
A very common-sensical book that shows how our minds are much less keen and observing than we think and how easy it would be for disaster to strike at all times. Some parts of the book are chilling, like those describing accidents that impact children. He has convinced me of the merits of lists t...
June 25, 2017
Be safe, we care about you..
This book strengthened my already strong inclinations to avoid preventable injuries and to help family and friends do likewise. The style is clear and conversational. I heartily recommend it.
June 03, 2017
September 06, 2017
I got a paper cut reading this book. Okay, just kidding. This is a thoroughly engaging and fascinating look at how injury prone we've become and possible reasons why. It has totally cured me of looking at my cellphone while driving, even at stop signs. The author, a psychologist and aviator, disc...
August 06, 2017
This is a great book about public and personal safety issues. Well researched and presented in an engaging, thoughtful way.
July 09, 2017
3.5 stars Mostly this book left me worried and scared of all the decisions I make in my daily life. It was an enjoyable read and I appreciating Steve self-depreciating sense of humor.
Now, I'd like to think that I'll be a little more careful in my daily activities. Steve seems to think that I wil...
July 22, 2017
This is 2.5 star review. I'm one of those people who always wears a helmet when biking so I'm clearly someone who prioritizes safety and was looking forward to finding out new information on how to be safer. Unfortunately I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. Perhaps I learned som...
August 10, 2017
Summary: everyone makes mistakes including Super-geniuses. NOBODY is good at multitasking. MOST of us are not even very good at paying attention to one thing at a time. Do not use a screwdriver for anything except driving screws. If you want to be safer, find ways NOT to use an automobile.