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.”
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.
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.”