How Do We Know Ourselves? Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind

Farrar. Nov. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780374601959. $26. PSYCH
Renowned as a researcher, professor, and textbook author of psychological science, Myers (Exploring Psychology) has written this book of 40 essays that provides his thoughts, insights, and psychological observations on how people come to know themselves. He covers many topics with notable ones about self-knowledge, attention, fear, confidence, trauma, friendships, and happiness. Each essay is a smaller bite-sized serving on the topic; however, this seems to be the perfect extent to provide understanding and contemplation for readers. He easily combines research and science into his essays without being too technical. One fascinating essay delves into the topic of why some think everyone else appears to be enjoying themselves more than them. He discusses the problems with constant comparisons and how social media has affected self-perceptions. The book’s format makes for a comfortable, nearly conversational read, while also engaging readers in a deep dive of pondering their lives.
VERDICT This book is highly recommended for those interested in psychology, self-help, reflections, and the desire to understand society.
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