Mental Traps

Mental Traps

A Field Guide to the Stupid Mistakes That Can Ruin your Life!

Book - 2006
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PartOn Bullshit, partEats, Shoots & Leaves,Mental Trapsis U of T Emeritus professor André Kukla's catalogue of the everyday blunders we make in our thinking habits, how these traps can affect our entire lives, and what we can do about it. How is refusing to eat olives like toiling at a job that has long ago lost all satisfaction? How is arriving at the airport too early a symptom of a life never fully lived? Why won't guilt make you a better person? How is mastery of hand-to-hand combat a good preparation for doing the dishes? Why is it impossible for anyone who reads this book to be a fundamentalist? It isn't the subject of our thinking, but how we deal with the subject that makes the difference. Our anxiety, our dissatisfaction, our disappointment, our procrastination -- these are often the consequences of thinking about the world the wrong way. Mental Traps are habitual modes of thinking that disturb our ease, waste enormous amounts of our time, and deplete our energy without accomplishing anything of value for us or anyone else. Slim, wry, and very accessible,Mental Trapsis a philosopher's engagement with the real world, from an aversion to vegetables to the meaning of life.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2006.
ISBN: 9780385662499
Branch Call Number: 158. 1 KUK
Characteristics: 244 p.


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Nov 17, 2010

This is not a heavy book but I couldn't get through it. It felt like an essay that had been stretched into a book. Ideas and concepts that felt like they could be dealt with in a paragraph or two were given a chapter.

So this might be useful or helpful for you, but not for me.

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