In the course of writing our book, Jean and I spend an exuberant amount of time reading great books. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books that explore how the human mind works. If you’ve read any, leave us a comment on your thoughts about it.
Malcom Gladwell’s new book is all about defying the odds. It’s full of stories about individuals or groups that have succeeded despite common sense saying they should fail. From the benefits of dyslexia (hint: it can develop alternative information processing pathways in the brain), to the development of entrepreneurial personality characteristics through childhood loss, Gladwell’s real message is to never doubt yourself as there is always an opportunity for growth, albeit oftentimes a non-conventional one. If you’ve ever felt the odds were stacked against you, grab a coffee and give this book a read – it’s full of take aways that can inspire you to be the underdog that proves the world wrong.
Chances are you’re either an introvert or know someone who is. This book explores what it is like to be an introvert in today’s world that is over saturated with information and media. Using case studies of successful introverts, Susan Cain gives us a window into the strategies that allow some of the most important people of our time to move from a place of solitude to a position of power. It also highlights how our current culture undervalues the power that introverts have to contribute to the world. A great read for anyone hoping to understand the creative potential of being introverted.
Last year Daniel Kahneman published one of the most important books of the decade on the human mind titled Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this book, Kahneman summarizes 50+ years of research into how the human mind processes information and uses it to make decisions. The book is grounded in the research he conducted throughout his career with Amos Tversky, which ultimately lead to Kahneman receiving the nobel prize in 2002 for his contribution to the field of behavioural economics. In Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath extend on the view that Kahneman communicated to show how we can use the findings of psychology to make better, more informed decisions. The book leads the reader through some of the biases and heuristics that the mind uses to process information and provides strategies to overcome these thinking errors to better develop our personal and professional lives.