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Summary

Do your impulsive thoughts and actions bring only trouble? Do you often grab your head muttering, “What was I thinking?”

There is a reason: Our first, instinctual thoughts and actions are usually irrational and self-sabotaging. Discipline Your Thoughts will tell you why and also how can you correct it.

We make thinking errors on a day-to-day basis. They come naturally, thus we don’t think that we think in a distorted way. However, they can have a severe negative effect on our lives. Knowing what they are and how to identify them, we can help ourselves making better choices. In what area of life? All of them: personal relationships, business choices, spending habits, health-related engagements.

Our mind doesn’t work the way we think it does.

This audiobook presents the scientific background of thinking errors related to behavior, social relations, and memory through the most famous psychology experiments, behavioral economics research, neuropsychology, and the author’s own observations. What remains is an entertaining but practical and informative guide to discipline your thoughts.

Become less irrational.

This audiobook aims to help you think about your thinking and find better solutions to your problems.

  • Why are first impressions so powerful and permanent?
  • Why do we rely on the first thought that pops into our mind?
  • How can certain advertisements make us open our wallet immediately?
  • How and why does our memory fool us on a daily basis?

Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions. Discipline Your Thoughts reveals the many ways our intuition can deceive us, why we succumb to these everyday brain tricks, and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will transform your decision making.

Correct the errors in your thinking habits and resist falling into your mental ambushes.

  • Why we take bad decisions following the opinion of the masses
  • How we underestimate the power of emotions in rational decisions
  • Why we need instant confirmation to support our ideas
  • How ego distorts the sense of reality

Less biased thinking will lead to smart decision-making, which leads to better relationships, financial decisions, and health-related choices. Make fewer mistakes in your thinking - prevention is easier than correction.

Improve your beliefs, social biases, and memory mix-ups by understanding how your brain works. 

©2019 Steven Schuster (P)2019 Steven Schuster

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  • Anonymous
  • 03-05-19

The quality of the book is beyond the talent of the narrator.

I really love books like this. I've listened to about four so far in the past two months and this one is probably as well written as my top two. There's a lot of information in here that I already knew and a bit I didn't, and I found some parts didn't translate well to audiobook format. All that being said, the narrator blew it for me. He fumbled through some words, didn't pronounce parts of others and generally didn't fit with the written quality of the book. Odd pauses mid sentence and a very "I am reading now" voice soured my overall take on this audiobook. My biggest criticism of the text would be that I would have liked further clarification in each chapter. It was a bit short and I felt like each point needed to be driven home a little more clearly. A solid four star book just for the writing alone.

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  • Rajiv
  • 14-02-20

Steve Shows Each Feeling that Halts Good Judgement

Steven's insights on anchoring, empathy, and biases such as self-serving, ego-centric, authority, illusory, and in-group are worth noting. It was interesting to learn that bilingual people have a greater sense of empathy than single-language speaking people due to their multi-lingual capabilities helping them know what other cultures go through. Best of all, it was great to learn that depressed people have the least amount of ego-centrism due to them truly knowing what they contributed to groups. Their displacement, thanks to in-group bias, the bias that is centered toward group fit, causes them to know that they were unfairly treated. Still, the unfair treatment hurts them and thus they remain depressed. The quote I love from the book comes from Albert Einstein: "If you can’t explain it simply you don’t understand it enough." This book is too good to be a 3.7-star book. Steven probably is a victim of the negative readers' biases based on in-group, illusory, false consensus, self-serving, and ego-centric personality attributes and no empathy. Maybe if they recognized each of these attributes, they'd appreciate Steven's work more.

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  • Joe Mar
  • 30-04-19

Brain tune up

The book’s short but packs a punch. If you walk away only with checking your brains current analysis process this will have already been a worthwhile credit.

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  • GoingGoingGone...
  • 21-04-19

Good, brief overview

Obviously at less than three hours the intention is to offer a brief overview. This is an excellent book as an introduction, perhaps for high school students learning how to obtain or strengthen their critical acumen. For this o believe it’d be excellent. I received this book at no cost with the condition that I offer my non-biased review. Listen to the book if you want to know what “non-biased” means.

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  • None
  • 24-03-19

We All Have a Few Biases

Disclaimer: I study cognitive and social psychology and familiar with the material covered. This is a good book for anyone interested in their own behavioural and decision making processes. It's introductory-level easily understood by newbies and a refresher/reminder for those who former Psychology 101 students. The narrator is a solid 4/5. Not memorable but not horrible either. I recommend books by Cialdini, Levitt/Dubner, Thaler, Kahneman and Ariely after this.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 18-03-19

Why Do We Make Certain Decisions?

This audiobook helped me to understand why I make certain choices and decisions. By understanding what motivates my thoughts and biases I can actually make better decisions. It was very informative. The narrator is a great choice for this audiobook. He conveys lots of complex information and keeps your attention on what is being said. I really enjoyed listing and will apply what I learned to my everyday life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amy Lopez
  • 18-03-19

Must read for everyone

Whether you're new to cognitive biases or you've already read a bunch of books on this topic, this book is worth a read. It's a short and to the point book about various biases everyone has, quick examples of each bias, and actions we can take to avoid said biases. It can work as a solid introduction into the field or a reminder of biases we should be trying to avoid. It wasn't my first book on the topic, but I learned about a couple of new biases I had not heard about before. It's a content-dense book. Even though I usually listen to audiobooks at 3.0x speed, I slowed this one down to 2.0x to get everything out of it. The narration was even and sounded great at the increased listening speed (which doesn't always happen).

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  • ElBoujbaoui, Saphouan
  • 11-07-20

Very good approch

Very good book to listen, but you need to practice all the things that the author describe,

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  • Nathan
  • 01-05-19

Interesting listen

Some good concepts and tips for self improvement. The content was enjoyable, although didn't bring many new ideas to the table. Will practice some of the teachings. Narration okay.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 15-03-19

Excellent book

Steven Schuster is an incredible author. I have been learning such important issues and concepts from his books. The content is awesome and well grounded. His examples are fantastic and easy to understand. I highly recommend this audio book. Especially useful for professionals that work for auditing and assesment areas. The narration is perfect, congrats! And Audible is great in my life!