This book is for anyone who has said, “I can’t believe I did something that stupid!”
Nobody wakes up in the morning and says to themself, “Today, I think I’ll do something really stupid!” Yet every day, smart people do stupid things. No one needs to be taught how to be stupid—it’s part of the human condition. It appears that we’re all born with the capacity for stupidity.
Luckily, many of our bad decisions can be understood and prevented if we understand how our brain works and how it controls our emotions. Why Smart People Do Stupid Things is a fun explanation of how parts of our brain hijack our thinking and lead us down unfortunate paths. Dr. Stass also explains ways we can re-program our brains to stop making the same, dumb mistakes.
Dr. Stass explains how our fight, flight, freeze and fornicate instincts can take over our rational brain leading us to make bad decisions. He provides simple exercises to help re-train the brain so we can break these patterns.