3 books on thinking and why it's good: Wailing suits about spilled milk and simple thinking

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Sparkling and fresh, research results on counterfactual thinking are presented in one of the books. Who thinks, a book about doubt - that can only be terrible, depressing, boring and dry, is wrong! Unfortunately, the other two books pretty much disappoint thinking.

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Things you can not change - and why O.K. is howling at it


Do you sometimes whine about things that you can not change any more and then listen to your surroundings, how annoying that is? Then this is the right, admittedly a little older, but not outdated book for you:

In "Oh, I would have" comes to author and university professor of psychology, Neal Roese the so-called counterfactual thinking on the slip. That's better than his reputation.

If only I had this or that


If only I had told him that I love him! If only I would have done another training! If only I had applied for this job! If only I had spent more time with the children! Often, you spend a lot of time thinking about what could have been if ... And that's how many feel.

These thoughts about missed opportunities and possibly wrong decisions are unavoidable, says psychology professor Neal Roese. They are spontaneously produced by our brains to show us what we can do better next time. It shows how our "psychological immune system" processes them and how we can make them productive for our actions.

Counterfactual thinking: better than his reputation!


The author has surprised me honestly: not only with his dashing writing, but also with its content, which really provides many new insights that are also quite reassuring.

Having doubts and crying about spilled milk is by no means always as bad as the truisms make us believe, but help us to see what we can do better next time. Provided you do not overdo it.



A really great book. And the whole thing is also scientifically proven with many empirical results. Highly recommended!

Good idea: Simple truths are usually wrong!


At a time when Simplify books are becoming bestsellers, with a veritable streamlining trend in sight, this book was long overdue.

In fact, a lot of things are not as easy as it seems, if too much simplification can lead to big problems.

The problem with the expectation


And certainly, the simple truths in this book will be critically, enigmatically and intelligently illuminated, no question. Only: That was the least I expected. And what about the expectations like that ...

I had promised myself a book of this title that beats the Simplify trend with its own weapons: Rich in wit and irony, a simple clear language - and yet subtle.

Dry instead of tangy


Instead, a scientific-analytic-dry style, where Mrs. Gronemeyer provides in the argument hardly empirical evidence, but above all their personal, purely subjective views for the best.

And they sometimes strike a bit morally. Moreover, the author herself is not protected from simplification. For example, their comments on business founders: Indisputably, the policy of recently trying to force the unemployed into the start-up and many fail because of the fact that politics does not at the same time improve the basic conditions for small-scale entrepreneurs.

Moraline Sacrifice


Whether many of these micro-founders but like to be stylized by Mrs. Gronemeyer as a victim, is an open question. Because there are many self-employed people who work with conviction, drive and optimism - something that unfortunately lacks this book.

There are just IMMMER such and such and it is just NEVER so simple. After all, it is good that this book was written, even under a title that promises more .. well, it is well meant.

How does our brain work?


Man - a neural machine? "Asks science journalist Hubert. Neurobiology has recently provided some insights into the age-old question, "What is man?"

And these findings have caused quite a stir and apparently do not appeal to everyone. Questions about the nature of man become loud.

Are we responsible for our actions?


First of all, this book raises questions and makes you think. For example:

  • Are we responsible for our actions or are we only controlled by the brain?
  • Does our brain determine our actions?
  • Do we really have no free will?
  • Is there no "me"?
  • And what consequences does this have for our everyday life?

Man guided by neurons - a threatening idea?


Apparently some people, including the author of this book, find the idea threatening that man could only be guided by his neurons.

Why? Because then man would be more than a piece of nature that can steer through his mind - more than the crown of creation?

Subjective overview


Personally, I do not understand these reservations and therefore can not quite follow the line of reasoning of this book:

Actually, the author wants to use many examples and experiments to overview the most recent discussions in neuroscience. But in fact he tries to refute bit by bit the allegedly so terribly reductionist human image of the brain researchers.

Vie noise for nothing


The result is no scientific analysis, but the pseudo-philosophical representation of an opinion, namely, that man nevertheless has a free will.

For my taste a lot of noise for nothing, this book could have been saved.

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