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Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck My rating: 2 of 5 stars The concept of fixed/growth mindsets is sound, but the arguments for it in this book are stretched too thin at times (like a simple blog post being over-extended into a book). Dweck ended up devoting many pages describing the… Read More »

Review: The Marshmellow Test

The Marshmellow Test by Walter Mischel My rating: 4 of 5 stars First things first. This is not a self-help book. If you’re reading it expecting to find some kind of magic panacea for the lack of self control, you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, Walter Mischel delves into his in-depth study of the psychology… Read More »

Review: Lying

Lying by Sam Harris My rating: 3 of 5 stars A complex book (or should I say, essay, to be honest) on the philosophy of practical ethics, based on an undergraduate college course that the author took at Stanford. Ironically, it takes a book about lying to lay out the merits of telling the truth… Read More »

Review: Badass: Making Users Awesome

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra My rating: 2 of 5 stars A book designed for visual learners. Ironically, the slow and often repetitive build-up of topics on how to help users become badass resulted in the very cognitive leaks that the author devoted significant pages to advocate against. So at the end of… Read More »