He has a knack for turning the base metal of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science into life-affirming Oprah gold, and in his latest book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, he’s in vintage form. His aim is to 'explore how rethinking happens,' how we change our minds, how we persuade others, and how we build cultures of lifelong learning. 'This book is an invitation to let go of knowledge and opinions that are no longer serving you well,' he writes, 'and to anchor your sense of self in flexibility rather than consistency.' ... full of interesting asides culled from academic research. People who are good at math tend to be good at seeing patterns in data, unless those patterns contradict their views, in which case their intelligence becomes a 'weapon against the truth.' The more clever people are, the less willing they are to admit the limitations of their thinking ... Mr. Grant argues that the most innovative thinkers don’t just accept when they are wrong, they take genuine pleasure in it, and delight in having their intellectual world rocked ... At his worst, Mr. Grant seems more opportunist than scientist. At his best, he weaves together research and stories to illustrate his arguments.
Psychologist Grant walks readers through various scenarios where common perceptions were rendered moot ... An inability to evolve our thinking inhibits our growth both individually and as a society, Grant finds. Readers will find common ground in many of his compelling arguments (ideologies, sports rivals), making this a thought-provoking read.
An exploration of the theoretical and practical values of rethinking and mental agility ... Grant, who teaches organizational psychology at the Wharton School of Business, challenges readers to rethink their outlooks on an ongoing basis, and he often makes time-tested concepts feel fresh. The author consistently emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and maintaining an open, flexible mind ... Grant employs earnest, crisp prose and thorough research. While readers will nod along in agreement with many of his points, some may give pause ... Grant breaks little to no ground but offers well-intentioned, valuable advice on periodically testing one’s beliefs.