Why We Make Mistakes and What We Can Do To Avoid Them

Joseph T. Hallinan

Publisher: Ebury Publishing, 2009, 280 pages

ISBN: 978-0-09193-263-3

Keywords: Personal Development

Last modified: Aug. 7, 2021, 8:10 p.m.

Human beings can be stubbornly irrational and wilfully blind… but at least we're predictably wrong. From minor lapses (why we're so likely to forget passwords) to life-threatening blunders (why anesthetists maimed their patients). Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joseph T. Hallinan explains the everyday mistakes that shape our lives. And what we can do to prevent them happening.

  • Introduction: Why Do We Make Mistakes? Because…
  1. We Look but Don't Always See
  2. We All Search for Meaning
  3. We Connect the Dots
  4. We Wear Rose-Colored Glasses
  5. We Can Walk and Chew Gum — but Not Much Else
  6. We're in the Wrong Frame of Mind
  7. We Skim
  8. We Like Things Tidy
  9. Men Shot First
  10. We All Think We're Above Average
  11. We'd Rather Wing It
  12. We Don't Constrain Ourselves
  13. The Grass Does Look Greener
  • Conclusion



Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: Jan. 29, 2011, 4:06 p.m.

An interesting book about why we make mistakes and the most common ones.

Not really groundbreaking, but at least it is interesting reading, and well written.


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