Summary of The Optimism Bias

A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

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The Optimism Bias book summary
Your brain’s optimistic nature can help you make better life and business decisions.


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Neuroscientist Tali Sharot shares a very engaging assortment of studies and observations that will help you understand how your brain perceives and interprets the world around you – in ways that often differ greatly from reality. Her book offers an illuminating look at how your mind works, how you respond to decisions and how you decide. Sharot suggests methods for motivating your staff to perform above expectations by tapping into their brains’ natural optimism. getAbstract recommends her insights into how your brain’s response to information and events can dramatically affect your business, health and relationship decisions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why your brain perceives reality in numerous different ways
  • How you benefit from being an optimist
  • How to encourage your employees to perform better


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About the Author

Dr. Tali Sharot’s research on optimism and the brain has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Time, New Scientist, Nature, Science and leading scholarly journals, as well as on the BBC.

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    Mildred Rivas 2 years ago
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    Steve Moya 4 years ago
    Too superficial. Not even a little data to back anything up.
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      Patrick Brigger 3 years ago
      This may be true, but still inspiring.

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