Why Smart People Can be So Stupid

Why Smart People Can be So Stupid

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Edited by Robert J. Sternberg

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 24mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300101708
  • ISBN 13: 9780300101706
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 350,836

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Why do intelligent people sometimes behave in ways so stupid that they destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This volume investigates the psychological basis for stupidity in everyday life. Experts shed light on the nature and theory of stupidity, whether stupidity is measurable, how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences, and much more.

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Robert J. Sternberg is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and director of PACE, the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise, at Yale University. He is a widely known expert on intelligence testing and the author or editor of some sixty books, including The Psychology of Love and Competence Considered, both published by Yale University Press.

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"This book is a serious attempt to understand a common phenomenon. Students of human behaviour should find it appealing and may even learn how to avoid doing stupid things." Psychology Today; "This original book gathers together the best thinking and research on what causes smart people to do foolish things. A highly original work with an exceptional list of contributors." Martin Ford, George Mason University; "Marvellous, devilishly clever, and culturally timely book... A fascinating exploration... All of the contributions are outstanding." Choice