Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

Timothy D. Wilson / Sep 21, 2019

Strangers to Ourselves Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious Know thyself a precept as old as Socrates is still good advice But is introspection the best path to self knowledge What are we trying to discover anyway In an eye opening tour of the unconscious

  • Title: Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
  • Author: Timothy D. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780674013827
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Know thyself, a precept as old as Socrates, is still good advice But is introspection the best path to self knowledge What are we trying to discover, anyway In an eye opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection ma Know thyself, a precept as old as Socrates, is still good advice But is introspection the best path to self knowledge What are we trying to discover, anyway In an eye opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection may never show us.This is not your psychoanalyst s unconscious The adaptive unconscious that empirical psychology has revealed, and that Wilson describes, is much than a repository of primitive drives and conflict ridden memories It is a set of pervasive, sophisticated mental processes that size up our worlds, set goals, and initiate action, all while we are consciously thinking about something else.If we don t know ourselves our potentials, feelings, or motives it is most often, Wilson tells us, because we have developed a plausible story about ourselves that is out of touch with our adaptive unconscious Citing evidence that too much introspection can actually do damage, Wilson makes the case for better ways of discovering our unconscious selves If you want to know who you are or what you feel or what you re like, Wilson advises, pay attention to what you actually do and what other people think about you Showing us an unconscious powerful than Freud s, and even pervasive in our daily life, Strangers to Ourselves marks a revolution in how we know ourselves.

    Strangers to Ourselves Discovering the Adaptive Strangers to Ourselves is a rare combination of lucid prose, penetrating insight, and cutting edge research Wilson uses modern science to examine a problem that has troubled philosophers for millennia how and how well can we know ourselves and concludes that Strangers to Ourselves Julia Kristeva, Leon Roudiez Strangers to Ourselves Julia Kristeva, Leon Roudiez on FREE shipping on qualifying offers This book is concerned with the notion of the stranger the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own as well as the notion of strangeness within the self Strangers Reunion Home Facebook Strangers Reunion, Singapore K likes Striving to make the best coffee possible Home of the current World Siphon Coffee Champion, time Singapore WeLive Fully Furnished Apartments in NYC DC A new way of living built on community Furnished apartments and flexible rentals in New York and Washington, D.C with great amenities. Tricky People Are the New Strangers Right after Diddy was born, I was in the car listening to NPR and I heard a child safety educator say, Stop telling your kids not to talk to strangers. The Strangers That Came to Town Ambrose Flack T he first of April came dark and stormy, with silver whips of lightning cracking open the lowering clouds that seemed to skim the treetops My brother Tom and I, recovering from chest colds, tired of reading and listening to the radio, turned to the big living room window of our house on Syringa Street. Kio Stark Why you should talk to strangers TED Talk TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript When you talk to strangers, you re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life and theirs, says Kio Stark In this delightful talk, Stark explores the overlooked benefits of pushing past our default discomfort when it comes to strangers and embracing those fleeting but profoundly beautiful moments of genuine connection. Life Without Law Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness An Introduction to Anarchist Politics Web PDF Print PDF Audio I want freedom, the right to self expression, everybody s right to beautiful, radiant things. Three Identical Strangers The Disturbing True Story of SUNDANCE Three Identical Strangers The Disturbing True Story of Triplets Separated at Birth Bobby, David, and Eddy s reunion years after being separated by an adoption agency Meet the Men Having Sex With Strangers to Help Them Have At the click of a mouse, donors make their sperm available by offering to have sex for free in a method called natural insemination.

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      • Timothy D. Wilson

        Timothy D Wilson is the Sherrell J Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia He has written for Science and The New York Times, among other publications and journals, and is the author of Strangers to Ourselves, which was named by New York Times Magazine as one of the Best 100 Ideas of 2002 Wilson is also the coauthor of the best selling social psychology textbook, now in its seventh edition.


    1. In On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not, the author castigates Malcolm Gladwell for getting it wrong in Blink. Gladwell claims this book, Strangers to Ourselves as "probably the most influential book I've ever read", and cites it as instrumental in his decision to write Blink. And yet it appears that Gladwell fundamentally misunderstood the nature of how unconscious decision making takes place and whether it can be trusted.(Selected for the Cognitive Science Reading &am [...]

    2. Pursuing our goals is as satisfying as achieving them. Avoid rumination. Trust your gut. And perhaps my favorite line: "… if we want to change some aspect of our adaptive unconscious, a good place to start is deliberately to begin acting like the person we want to be."

    3. There is an Ramana maharishi meditation "who am i"?You have to keep on asking who am i? negate all the answers which your mind provides,you have to keep on asking until mind reach a state of blank where it cannot provide any answers.You should not be stupid to chose some petty answers.Timothy Wilson is honest enough to declare that even with the aid of all the psychology we can never understand ourselves.We can never know ourselves completely to provide the reason for all actions.He provides lot [...]

    4. Wilson makes a good argument for his conceptualisation of the (adaptive) unconscious. I agree with much of it and enjoyed the book - it had just the right balance of literature review and witty anecdata - but I personally believe we have far more power to bring our awareness to many of the processes Wilson assumes are inherently unconscious. I don't think he gives us enough credit there.Also I hated the example of Susan assuming she was in love with Stephen because he was her idea of a model boy [...]

    5. The book is great. It is based strictly on research, but the author does much more than review some experimental data and come up with a conclusion. Wilson paints a grand all-inclusive picture of our inner structure which clarifies lots of age-old questions.In short, there are two personalities in every one of us: one based on our consciousness, another based on our "adaptive unconscious". And neither do we know ourselves, nor can we gain this knowledge by introspection.The parts of the books co [...]

    6. About halfway through the book the author makes reference to his colleague Daniel Gilbert,whose own book , "Stumbling on Happiness" won the Royal Society prize and henceforth voluminous authoritative accolades.In my opinion they overlooked the better writer as I found Wilson's Style,although drier and less frivolous, much more suited to its subject and although it lacked the humorous cultural anecdotes of Gilbert's' book I found it more engaging and informative and less like an exercise in popul [...]

    7. Interesting stuff. The big idea is that we can change ourselves by both changing our behaviour and the stories we tell about it. Wilson does a good job of presenting an updated view of Freud, and links his ideas to more recent studies that present serious questions about the extent to which we make conscious decisions in many situations. I'm not entirely convinced, but this are still important ideas.

    8. It is very illuminating to think of the things that our minds do unconsciously. The relationship between the unconscious and the conscious is fascinating, and this book explores this in several interesting ways. It was a bit slow reading at first, but picks up more in later chapters. I enjoyed it as informative non-fiction, and it made me think a lot about my brain and my ways of thinking and being, how humans interact in general.

    9. I see why this book is so well-regarded by other psychologists, but the impact of it has dulled a little since it's been built on so well by other books.

    10. **The duality of personality proposed by this book make me doubt the behavioral genetics 50-0-50 rule. What personality were they measuring? I at least want more information. This reinforces the question of what do you need to doubt "common knowledge"? How do you go about it? On the one hand it could just be a myth. On the other it could be a truth honed by hundreds of years of trial and error. How do you properly challenge tradition? So that you're not just taking the easy anti-tradition positi [...]

    11. "Strangers to Ourselves" is a relatively quick and easy read that will spur an internal dialogue about things you may already intuit, but could stand to delve into a bit deeper (hence, the talk about conscious and unconscious thought). Assertions, quotes and thoughts that made me think:- our adaptive unconscious can do a better job of interpreting people's behavior/understanding in general than our conscious mind (subliminal ads affect us less than overt ones)- the 'feel good motive' as a form o [...]

    12. This is the precursor book to many of the "Blink" type books out there. It's more academic and focuses on the modules working out of perception of the "thinking" mind. It is clear that we do not have introspective access to the workings of most of these modules. That limits the power of self-introspection and self-explanation. I liked "Strangers" because many of the things I am trying to get good at have a big intuitive component. I have seen many teachers/coaches fall into the narrative fallacy [...]

    13. There were some interesting insights here. Wilson contrasts his ideas about the subconscious with those of Freud. He argues that most subconscious thoughts are the result not of repression, but of biology and evolution. We survive because with have a host of semi-automatic processes that handle a huge amount of our lives. This is really a book that presents Wilson's theories in a readable way. It does not have a lot of practical advice; it does not purport to provide a good way to use much of th [...]

    14. Beach reading. Most of this is general, common sense type "scientific findings." Though there is a notes section at the back and references throughout, the way they're presented are much more as anecdotes than scientific references with summary and conditions outwaying numbers/ stats. Most of this book can be skimmed, as all the potentially relevant information is really contained in a few sentences but quite thoroughly ensconced in filler.

    15. This is one of a growing number of books on the brain that argues that it is more plastic than previous thinkers have believed. We can change our minds, our habits, our fears, and so on. We can learn throughout our adulthood. We can even become better people by behaving better. The book is clearly written and an excellent introduction to the idea of brain plasticity.

    16. The book was very interesting and reminded me very much of thinking fast and slow.A lot of the book described experiments that demonstrated the degree to which people operate on autopilot without consciously thinking.While fascanating it did provide much practical advice on how to become less of a stranger to ourselves and take more conscious control back over our mind.That said there was a very interesting chapter citing evidence that writing about highly (negative) emotional events from the pa [...]

    17. We are not what we think of our selves and others are not what we think about them. Our unconscious works without our control. Good addition to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and to Influence by Robert Cialdini. So we could have slow thinking, fast thinking, and unconscious thinking. From the practical side there are lot of referrals to experiments to show how our unconscious mind, external conditions and many other things may influence our decisions, our predictions, our views of ot [...]

    18. Audible. (Recommended by Matt Wallaert) Interesting material, albeit a slow start and somewhat dry. The idea that a significant chunk of who we are that is largely hidden from us is pretty compelling. Most interesting to me were the chapters about unconscious prejudice and implicit, 'gut feeling' decision making. The premise of the adaptive unconscious provokes plenty interesting of questions, e.g How do I uncover these hidden pieces of my personality? If much of my prejudice is unconscious, how [...]

    19. a very general introduction to neuropsychology and different schools of behavioral mechanisms. The authors' study is very briefly mentioned between the top 20 psychology and neuropsychology studies. If you are familiar with those, this book offers nothing new.Well referenced and a fun read overall

    20. Good Soc Psych related reading, with lots of excellent citations to peruse, but not as broad in focus as I was hoping for a Soc Psych text supplement.

    21. I liked this book a lot (which makes the 3 star ratting seem odd, even to myself). The central message in brief is; 1: although we commonly identify with our explicit (conscious) mental processes, implicit mettle processes (what the author terms the adaptive unconscious) play a much more central role in our daily functioning. 2: our explicit mental processes play much less of a causal role in our behavior than we commonly believe 3: the adaptive unconscious bares little resemblance to the uncons [...]

    22. How can I tell what I think 'till I see what I say?Small changes in behavior can lead to small changes in 1's self-concept, however, & small changes in 1's self-concept can make the next behavior change easier. People whose conscious goals matched their nonconscious goals were happier than people who showed a mismatch between their conscious & nonconscious goals. Because rumination & thought suppression are replaced by a coherent story that requires no further elaboration, it is a go [...]

    23. Fans of Stumbling on Happiness will probably like this book. There are a lot of wtf moments and you will walk away from this book with a new perspective of yourself and the choices you make. I bought this book hoping that it could help me with some tough "What should I do with my life?" type decisions. Three big ideas I took away from the book were: 1. The Peace of Mind Criterion(the idea that one purpose of a coherent self narrative is to reduce thoughts about oneself throughout a day)2. Non An [...]

    24. I couldn't decide if "Strangers to Ourselves" earned 3 or 4 stars. The author conducted and here presents some fascinating research on how ignorant individuals are of why they do what they do and how they err when predicting and interpreting their emotions. That said, not all of Wilson's conclusions make sense, his stance as an evolutionist biased some of his interpretation (leading to some "of courses" there aren't "of courses"), and he seems to contradict himself in his discussion of which has [...]

    25. While Wilson deftly weaves examples from real life, literature, and psychological research to show how much the adaptive unconscious controls our thoughts and actions, he only hints at ways we might become conscious of our unconscious. A social psychologist, he sees great value in both the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. In fact, he argues, our friends and family may know more about what we want than we do. If you think that sounds scary, just wait until you read his chapter on u [...]

    26. an amazing read-- albeit difficult to describe [In a nutshell, the book discusses the brain's parallel structure: the conscious focus and everything else, dubbed "adaptive unconscious" and how to two interact to create 'self.'] His discussion is wonderfully illustrated with fascinating experiments (great footnotes and reference list as well). Although there isn't a single mention of Buddhist precepts on self-observation-- this book provides a firm basis in brain science regarding the importance [...]

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