The Wisest One in the Room: How to Harness Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

Author(s): Thomas Gilovich


When people get together, there is often one stand-out individual who others turn to for answers. This person has the best advice on everything from raising children to running a business, and offers the most penetrating insights into world events. Their understanding of people, and why we act as we do, makes them the wisest one in the room. Psychologists Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross reveal their discipline's greatest discoveries so we can all become wiser. From conflict resolution to overcoming social shyness, and from winning a tennis match to encouraging people to recycle, they demonstrate how even small changes in social context, feedback or presentation can achieve dramatic results. Replete with real-world examples, The Wisest One in the Room is a fascinating examination of human behaviour, revealing how we can become more adept at tackling the challenges, great and small, that we face every day.


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'A powerful book that brings the best of psychology to bear on the way we live our lives.' -- Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and Outliers 'Gilovich and Ross weave social science, history and anecdotes in a compelling way to help us understand human nature.' -- Dan Ariely, bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog 'Two of the world's most brilliant social psychologists have distilled the field's wisdom into a few essential lessons for understanding the fabric of our everyday lives. This is the essential lecture that you never heard in college. Don't miss it a second time.' -- Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness '"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" Beginning with that George Carlin one-liner, Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross embark on a deep examination of how we all misperceive the people around us. This is a fun book-you'll recognize your own blunders, and those of friends, on almost every page-and also a practical one. Anyone who aspires to be "the Wisest One in the Room" needs this book.' -- William Poundstone, author of How to Predict the Unpredictable and

Thomas Gilovich is a professor of psychology at Cornell University, New York and author of How We Know What Isn't So. Lee Ross is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and co-founder of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiations.

General Fields

  • : 9781780746487
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : January 2016
  • : 225mm X 146mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2016
  • : books

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  • : Thomas Gilovich
  • : Paperback
  • : 150
  • : 320