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David McRaney’s books on self-delusion called “You Are Not So Smart” and “You Are Now Less Dumb” both offer a very accessible introduction to “discover the wonderful ways you delude yourself every day and enjoy a healthy dose of humility.”

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Don’t Think Of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff. How morals and values guide even our most “rational” political decisions. An accessible introduction to this important field.

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The Unpersuadeables by Will Storr – Very readable overview on why facts don’t work. Storr covers how “the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological ‘hero maker’ inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.”

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Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. An international best seller and winner of several awards, this book helps get clarity on how humans think, make decisions, and evaluate change. Kahneman is the scientist behind the research, and does a great job at explaining the concepts and staying engaging.

The Conservative Psyche: How Ordinary People Come to Embrace Paul Ryan’s Cruelty

The Conservative Psyche: How Ordinary People Come to Embrace Paul Ryan’s Cruelty” (free link) by Joshua Holland. A good, quick interview of cognitive theory and its importance in understanding why people hold the political ideas that they do.

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of a Nation

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of a Nation, by Drew Westen. A psychologists look into how emotions guide our political beliefs and decisions. Useful in thinking about and directing the affective power of creative activism.

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