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The Optimism Bias: Why we're wired to look on the bright side (English Edition) de [Sharot, Tali]
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Lucid, engaging and cutting-edge... a must-read for anyone interested in imagining the future. (David Eagleman, Neuroscientist and bestselling author of Sum and Incognito.)

An intelligent written look into why most people take an optimistic view on life...stimulating easily understood language...fascinating trip into why we prefer to remain hopeful about our future and ourselves. (New York Journal of Books)

Very enjoyable, highly original and packed with eye-opening insight, this is a beautifully written book that really brings psychology alive. (Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University Professor and author of Zero Degrees of Empathy / The Science of Evil.)

If you read her story, you'll get a much better grip on how we function in it. I'm optimistic about that. (TIME)

Her fascinating book offers compelling evidence for the neural basis of optimism and what it all means. (Scientific American Book Club)

Lively, conversational...A well-told, heartening report from neuroscience's front lines. (Kirkus)

A book I'd suggest to anyone. (Forbes)

Read it and cheer. It's important to your longevity. (Examiner)

Most readers will turn to the last page not only buoyed by hope but also aware of the sources and benefits of that hope. (Booklist)

What a treat. A charming, engaging and accessible book written by a scientist who knows how to tell a story (Richard Thaler, author of Nudge)

Engaging....Sharot studies optimisim as the neural level and knows her subject well. (The Psychiatrist)

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Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot's original cognitive research demonstrates in surprising ways the biological basis for optimism. In this fascinating exploration, she takes an in-depth, clarifying look at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails; how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ; why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional, and emotional decisions.

With its cutting-edge science and its wide-ranging and accessible narrative, The Optimism Bias provides us with startling new insight into how the workings of the brain create our hopes and dreams.

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  • Editor: Robinson (5 de enero de 2012)
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Buen libro que se apoya en estudios, documentos y hechos cotidianos para ilustrar los conceptos de optimismo y pesimismo en el ser humano. A veces el lenguaje se hace demasiado técnico y pesado pero en general se lee bien.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Optimism is like red wine. Or vinegar 11 de noviembre de 2011
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Nothing in life is as important as when we think about it. This great aphorism is a summary on what is called the `focusing illusion'.
The book gives us many more of those. It is an easy read, a popular essay on questions of psychology, involving philosophy and evolution. I like its way of giving names, like this focusing illusion, or `defensive pessimism' (holding low expectations will protect us from disappointment --- alas, not true), or the title story: `optimism bias', a cognitive malfunction.

The optimism bias stands guard. It is in charge of keeping us healthy. Where would homsap be if we would live according to our deeper insight of futility? Optimism counteracts knowledge of death. Schopenhauer and his ilk are the enemies of mankind's future. Evolution can't handle the depressed other than by sorting them out. Depression is the inability to construct a future. Religion's place in the overall scheme of evolution is reserved in the VIP sector. Optimists live longer!

Homo sapiens' outstanding skill, compared to other species, is mental time travel, the ability to remember and to look and think ahead and make plans for contingencies. Sharot tells us that the ability to do these mental travels is located in specific brain regions. It has been observed, she says, that special brain regions in London taxi drivers shrink when they retire and don't need to keep their navigational knowledge up to speed any more. Makes me wonder if it is safe to start forgetting all the football results that I remember?
Much of the argument in the book is based on practical research, such as using brain images. Luckily I gather that the time has not yet come where a brain scanner can read your thoughts accurately.

Among the less appreciated insights in this book: people who like gardening are apparently happier than people like me. I don't do gardening. Tough luck. She doesn't say anything about cooking. That's another bad habit that I stay away from. I like to consider myself reasonably happy without gardening and cooking, but maybe I confuse `happy' with `lucky'?

Why is optimism like red wine? Obviously, a little of it is good for you, but beware not to overdose!
Same might be said for vinegar, right? I need to thank my acetic zoo pal for this recommendation!
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas rose colored glasses 26 de mayo de 2014
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I am interested in the optimism bias because I teach psychology...I like to find new ways to present material to students. Many of the examples in the book are ones that I already use in class
The main premise of the book is the phenomenon that most people believe that they are better than average, when, in reality, it is impossible for most people to be so. I have found that most students in my classes believe that they will live longer than the average lifespan, that they will live
Tali Sharot also contends that a moderate degree of irrational optimism has been evolutionarily selected for because it has survival benefits. She believes that optimists tend to overlook the negative possibilities, while pessimists have a more realistic outlook ... However, because the optimist does tend to look at the world through rose colored glasses, they do tend to actually "do" better.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas "Optimism is like red wine:" 3 de agosto de 2011
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"...A glass a day is good for you, but a bottle a day can be hazardous" (pp. 198). This quote more or less sums up the book's theme, although it would be disingenuous to characterize this work as yet another self-help, let's-all-hold-hands-and-sing-Cumbaya book. Sharot isn't intent on persuading the reader to adopt an optimistic bias but rather, to show that "optimism bias" is widespread in the population and that our brains have evolved to over-predict future happiness & success so as to make health and progress more likely. Whether or not she's right is up to you to decide. Nevertheless, Sharot should be commended for marshaling much of the research into optimism conducted over the previous 30 years, adding a neuroscience spin to it, and packaging it in a way that is accessible and informative to both the lay-reader and academic.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Optimism as a means of surviving 11 de agosto de 2011
Por Celia Baula - Publicado en
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In this wonderfully written, easy-to-understand, scientific book about why we need optimism, Dr. Sharot presents several case studies and examples of how we are wired. She not only explains which parts of the brain is responsible for optimisim and pessimism in a simple manner but she provides great analogies that non-medical people can grasp.

Well worth the time and money.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great research with fluid prose 1 de agosto de 2011
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A really thought-provoking and well researched book. Sharot has fluid and thoughtful prose while writing, which makes the statistical information more pleasing than monotonous. While much of the research may seem obvious, the numerous studies really show how obnoxious it can be to be so optimistic. Is it hope that has helped us last throughout all this time? Most intriguing was the research done on the part of the brain that both remembers the past and imagines the future.

A strong and well-written nonfiction.
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