The Optimism Bias

This is an excellent new book that Jerry Olson has recommended  – The Optimism Bias by Tali Sharot.

 Among the ideas discussed:

  • The Introspection Illusion – a sense that we are aware of the processes underlying our mental states
  • The malleability of memory – even so-called flashbulb memories
  • The connection between control and optimism (people feel more optimistic about things they can control)
  • Why optimistic cancer patients tend to outlive those who are pessimistic
  • The power of anticipation – why we’re happier on Fridays than on Sundays

Good stuff – and an easy, relatively quick read.