Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid

Full Title Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid
ISBN 0300101708
ISBN13 9780300101706
Publisher Yale University Press
Authors Robert J. Sternberg
Edition New edition
Publish Date 2003-09-01
Binding Paperback
Overview One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, even brilliant. The behavior of smart individuals -- from presidents to prosecutors to professors -- is at times inexplicably stupid. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave so stupidly that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives?

This book is the first devoted to investigating what the most current psychological research tells us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume, renowned scholars in various areas of human intelligence, present fascinating examples of people sabotaging their own success, and they offer insights into the reasons for such behavior.

While many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid focuses on the neglected side of this discussion, drawing from the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior to help us understand how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.

Dimensions 6.06 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)
Subjects Psychology & Self Help - Humor


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