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Wilful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious
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Margaret Heffernan
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Wilful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious

Margaret Heffernan



Society & Social Sciences;
Popular psychology


432 pages

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Why, after every major accident and blunder, do we look back and ask, how could we have been so blind? Why do some people see what others don't? And how can we change? Drawing on studies by psychologists and neuroscientists, and from interviews with business leaders, whistleblowers and white collar criminals, distinguished businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan examines the phenomenon of wilfulblindness, exploring the reasons that individuals and groups are blind to impending personal tragedies, corporate collapses, engineering failures - even crimes against humanity.

We turn a blind eye in order to feel safe, to avoid conflict, to reduce anxiety and to protect prestige. It makes us feel good at first, with consequences we don't see. But greater understanding leads to solutions, and Heffernan shows how - by challenging our biases, encouraging debate, discouraging conformity, and not backing away from difficult or complicated problems - we can be more mindful of what's going on around us and be proactive instead of reactive.

By:   Margaret Heffernan
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Reissue
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 27mm
ISBN:   9781471180804
ISBN 10:   1471180808
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, chief executive, and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland, and educated at Cambridge University. She worked for the BBC and developed interactive multimedia products with Peter Lynch, Tom Peters, Standard & Poors, and The Learning Company. She has served as Chief Executive Officer for InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation, and iCAST Corporation. The author of Beyond Measure, Willful Blindness, and A Bigger Prize, among others, she blogs for the Huffington Post, CBS Moneywatch, and

'Heffernan's cogent, riveting look at how we behave at our worst encourages us to strive for our best.' * US Publishers' Weekly * 'Entertaining and compellingly argued book.' * Sunday Times Supplement * 'Uniquely broad in scope, insightfully analyzed, and engagingly written. This in-depth look at willful blindness is an excellent read.' -- Albert Bandura 'Willful Blindness is a remarkable book...It is a tour de force of brilliant insights, broad span applications and written in the most engaging style.' -- Philip Zimbardo 'An engaging read, packed with cautionary tales...Heffernan shows why we close our eyes to facts that threaten our families, our livelihood, and our self-image - and, even better, she points the way out of the darkness.' -- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind 'Writing in clear, flowing prose, (Heffernan) draws on psychological and neurological studies and interviews with executives, whistleblowers and white-collar criminals...the book made me think long and hard about how the pace and priorities of our daily lives can hinder our ability to live as decently and as truthfully as we can.' * New York Times * 'Heffernan presents a readable analysis of the way powerful and intelligent people deliberately set aside crucial facts and turn a blind eye to fatal errors and frauds. A polemic against the dangers of docility and groupthink in every walk of life, it was another finalist for Business Book of the Year.' -- Books of the Year * Financial Times *

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