Careful: A User's Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds
By Steve Casner
"Gripping, page-turning material . . . a new way of thinking about survival in a world filled with hazards and distractions." --Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit A safety expert reveals why few of us are as careful as we think we are, and what we can do about it. As doctors and medical researchers work busily to extend our lives, more people each year are figuring out ways to cut them short. In fact, after a hundred years of steady decline, the rate at which people are being injured (or worse) in everyday accidents is increasing. Blame car crashes, pedestrian fatalities, home-improvement projects gone wrong, medical mistakes, home fires--not to mention all the crazy things that kids are into these days. And the problem seems to be spinning out of control. Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows there's not a safety warning we won't ignore or a foolproof device we can't turn into an implement of disaster. Casner details the psychological traps that prevent us from being more careful. They're the same whether you're a pilot, a Hollywood stuntwoman, a parent, or the owner of a clogged dishwasher you're trying to fix with a screwdriver. Then he shows us gripping real examples of how and when injuries happen, so we know exactly what we should really be worrying about. Careful arms readers with the latest science on how our sometimes fallible minds work, with countless takeaways to incorporate at home, at work, and everywhere in between. This book will help us keep our fingers attached in the kitchen, our kids afloat at the pool, and our teens safe behind the wheel, and demonstrates the many other ways we can maximize our chances of getting through the day in one piece.
"Riveting and relatable, Casner's book will inspire readers to take a good look at their own lives and the safety precautions they take on a daily basis." --Publishers Weekly "Casner convincingly argues that we all need to make a habit of being more careful. A scientist and a natural storyteller, he takes the studies, data, and safety advice we usually tune out and turns it into gripping, page-turning material. This is a how-to-guide for a new way of thinking about survival in a world filled with hazards and distractions." --Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit "We can all relate to Steve's blooper reel of everyday ways we hurt ourselves. Careful provides enough science and data to blow you away but the real-life stories will have you laughing. This helpful and hilarious book just might save your life." --Deborah Hersman, President of the National Safety Council and former Chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board "'Be careful!' we tell our children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves. Admirable advice, but completely useless. As Steve Casner explains in this readable and authoritative account, the human mind is powerful and creative, but not well equipped for the unnatural requirements of modern living. This book is the solution, providing solid, practical advice based upon decades of scientific studies and years of practical experience." --Don Norman, professor and director, director, the University of California, San Diego Design Lab; author of The Design of Everyday Things
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