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About Those Characters In Your Brain…

Daniel Kahneman On Why We’re So Confident Even When We’re Wrong.


No one maps out the interplay between “intuitive” thoughts and the hard-working reasons we recruit to legitimize them like Nobel Laureate, Daniel Kahneman.

It’s no surprise. He’s distilled a huge amount of research into a compelling drama between two characters–two ways of thinking that he calls System 1 and System 2. In a recent conversation with me–part of our webcast series on Wisdom–he defined these thought processes, or “characters,” and how they interact.

Take two minutes to watch this video clip and let Daniel introduce you to these two characters, and lay a foundation for new ways to think and talk about why we do what we do.

This is a great example of what our 6 Faces of Wisdom webcast series offers: Concrete ways to grow in wisdom with the clear goal of making us more effective therapists. It features six of psychotherapy’s most admired practitioners: Daniel Kahneman, Tara Brach, Eugene Gendlin, Irvin Yalom, Mary Pipher, and Ron Siegel.

They’ll turn esoteric notions of wisdom upside-down by demonstrating three very practical things:

  • Wisdom can be learned.
  • It doesn’t take a lifetime (or even a long time) to learn it.
  • Becoming a wiser therapist has real practical value in the consulting room.

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Daniel Kahneman Ph.D., is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. His books include Thinking, Fast and Slow, Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment, and Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology.

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