15 May 2024

The Age of Magical Overthinking - Book Review

The Age of Magical Overthinking by Amanda Montell
Publication: April 9, 2024
Pages: 272 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: 93% of drivers think they are above-average! LOL

This book was fun and interesting, as long as we don't try to take ourselves too seriously. The author examined different types of cognitive biases. From the halo effect (thinking someone we like is likable even in ways we don't know about), to sunken cost fallacy (staying with someone or involved in something because we already have 'so much' invested), to confirmation bias (the more we hear or read something, the more likely we are to believe it's true), our thought patterns can begin to feel like they're shaping the world, instead of the other way around. 

The author had a great memoir-style of writing to make each example feel relatable. Do we really get to manifest a good result because we built up good karma by letting a car into traffic on our way to the office? I know I'm guilty of expecting more random good results when I feel like I'm being an exceptionally good person. Now I know I'm not alone in that idea.

Overall, the book was amusing, but it's hard to quantify what I really learned about cognitive bias and its effect on the world, or even my life. The book earned 3 out of 5 stars from me, and I'd be interested in checking out some of the author's previous works.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my free electronic copy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my opinions or review.

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