You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
I find cognition fascinating. You Are Not So Smart is a collection of articles about the misconceptions and fallacies that nearly everyone suffers from. The first several chapters I felt like I already knew everything in the book. I was familiar with about half of the studies that McRaney referenced. It did not take long, however, for McRaney to bring up studies and examples that I had not seen before. By the time I read the quote of Lord Vetinari in the chapter on Confirmation Bias, I was hooked.
Simply being aware of various fallacies can sometimes be enough to help counteract them. Many of the things mentioned in the book are unconscious behaviors and biases. Through this book I discovered a number of things that I need to work on personally, such as the fundamental attribution error, self-handicapping, and embodied cognition.
I would highly suggest that anyone interested in psychology read You Are Not So Smart. I plan on reading McRaney’s other book You Are Now Less Dumb as well.