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As an NPR devotee, I have become a big fan of the behavioral sciences lately. That was my initial draw to this book, even though I was concerned the work applications may not interest me, since I don't work in a traditional field. Much to my surprise, this book is not only funny and well paced, it's full of practical, and even better, science based advice that is useful in every walk of life. I feel like I learned a lot about my career life, but also interacting with my spouse- and even interacting with my toddler. Additionally, the author does a great job reading it, which is always a big crapshoot with author readers. I can't recommend it enough.
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I was hesitant about getting this book, due to some reviewers objecting to three things:
1. "It only relates to the business-environment"
Simply not true. Yes, it does focus on business, but as we all know, business/work is a large part of most people's lives – furthermore, much of the advice is directly applicable to communicating at home, doing home chores and so on.
2. "It's too scientific / dry"
I personally don't find it "brain-scientist dry" at all. To the contrary, I'm thankful this isn't one of those Malcolm Gladwell-ish bestseller-recipe-based books, full of amusing anecdotes and uselessly dumbed down pop-science that would be more justified in a Wired article.
3. "It's all been written before by Kahneman et. al."
Yes, some of the concepts have been mentioned/covered before in other works, but what Caroline does superbly in this book, is making it easy to comprehend and directly applicable to your daily life. The book is well organized.
It's an intelligently written book, by an obviously smart woman. As a former McKinsey partner, she can be expected to have a clear, rational, sharp mind – and she does indeed deliver.
To top it off, Caroline has narrated it very well.
In fact, it's one of those books I finished fast, and already wanted to re-listen to, sooner rather than later! So much so that I haven't deleted the download from the app, which I normally do when I've finished a book.
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