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The Uses of Delusion

Why It's Not Always Rational to Be Rational

Stuart Vyse

The Uses of Delusion

The Uses of Delusion

Why It's Not Always Rational to Be Rational

The Uses of Delusion

 

The Uses of Delusion is about aspects of human nature that are not altogether rational but, nonetheless, help us achieve our social and personal goals. Psychologist Stuart Vyse explores how delusional thinking may play a role in love and relationships, illness and loss, and personality and behavior, concluding with suggestions for when reason should rule, and when intuition and emotion should be allowed to take over.


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Beschrijving The Uses of Delusion

A fascinating examination of delusional thinking and how it might benefit health, relationships, and wellbeing.

Although reason and rationality are our friends in almost all contexts, in some cases people are better off putting reason aside. In a number of very important situations, we benefit by not seeing the world as it is, and by not behaving like logic-driven machines. Sometimes we know we aren't making sense, and yet we are compelled to act against reason; in other cases, our delusions are so much a part of normal human experience that we are unaware of them. As intelligent as we are, much of what
has helped humans succeed as a species is not our prodigious brain power but something much more basic.

The Uses of Delusion is about aspects of human nature that are not altogether rational but, nonetheless, help us achieve our social and personal goals. Psychologist Stuart Vyse presents a lively, accessible exploration of the psychological concepts behind "useful delusions", fleshing out how delusional thinking may play a role in love and relationships, illness and loss, and personality and behavior. Along the way Vyse draws on the work of William James, Daniel Kahneman, and Joan
Didion - who wrote about her compelling belief that her husband, though deceased, would soon return to her. Throughout, Vyse strives to answer the question: why would some of our most illogical beliefs be as helpful as they are? The concluding chapter offers an explanation grounded in natural selection - the
ability to fool ourselves, Vyse argues, has actually helped us to survive. In the final pages of The Uses of Delusion, Vyse offers suggestions for determining when reason should rule and when intuition and emotion should be allowed to take over.


ISBN
9780190079857
Pagina's
256
Verschenen
NUR
770
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

Psychologie