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Thinking Fast and Slow Summary

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Quick SummaryAccording to the book, understanding how these two ways of thinking work can help us make the right personal and professional decisions. The author reveals where we should or should not rely on our intuition and how we can benefit from slow or fast thoughts. He shows us how our choices are made and how we can make decisions more consciously.

Who Should Read Thinking Fast and Slow? And Why?

Because you are a psychologist. Or because you are not. Because you are so intrigued by the irrational of the rational human being’s minds. Or, because you just think that you already know everything about it.


Thinking Fast and Slow Summary

Curious, judgmental, ignorant, analyst, apathetic. Thinking Fast and Slow will grab your attention, starting with very the first page.

Physicians have a broad set of labels which provide service to the people. Treating diseases covers various aspects such as – identifying symptoms, possible causes, remedies, etc.

After all, everything requires detailed analysis and diagnose in order to conduct a successful process. Moreover, to put yourself in a position where you can understand how particular individuals pass judgments is a challenge.

The Two Systems That Control Our Mental Activities

Our mental activities are controlled by two different systems – the intuitive (system 1) and the rational (system 2).

The intuitive system is fast and produces almost instantaneous responses. The second system is programmed to think, analyze, evaluate and then respond.

It is normal to believe that our decisions are directed by the rational system. But the truth is that the intuitive system, which is virtually involuntary, is the basis for most of our choices, even those we make using the rational system.

System 1 is involuntary thinking, which draws conclusions using relevant knowledge. For example, when you see 3×3, you automatically think of the correct answer.

You have these automatic responses several times a day, and most of the time you are not even aware that they are results of System 1 working on your thoughts.

However much you can control if you want, some activities work automatically thanks to system 1, such as blinking or walking.

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