Looking for new books to read? Here are 3 great picks

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We want to recommend you three personal and professional development books. We, at Solver, preach but also practice the idea of continuous learning. That is why we created an internal library that keeps getting bigger and bigger. We read a lot and we want to share with you the books that we feel were worth our time and effort.

We’ll make this a recurring habit, so we will get back to you with new titles. For now, we chose:

1.Creativity – the psychology of discovery and invention – by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

2. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think – Hans Rosling,  Ola and Anna Rosling

3. Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog- Life Advice For The Imperfect Human – by Dan Ariely

Creativity – the psychology of discovery and invention

Recommended by: Ronald

Who should read it: Whoever wants to understand better creativity and where it comes from.

Contents:

The book is a monograph of creativity based on interviews with over 90 people who have been particularly remarkable because of their creativity (eg Nobel laureates). You will find out in more detail about:

  • The ten features of creative people – which are rather sets of features in antithesis. You will better understand their complexity and the need for a balance between seemingly opposite features, for example, you need to be introverted and extroverted or proud and modest at the same time;
  • The 5 steps of the creative process;
  • Flow experience – needed to make the creative experience a more pleasant one;
  • The elements that make creativity possible.

The second part is about the lives of people interviewed. It shows us on three levels (childhood, adult life and old age) how creative behaviours were expressed and what external factors contributed to the development of their creativity.

Factfulness

Recommended by: Teo

Who should read it: Everybody

Contents:

Hans Rosling was a Swedish professor of medicine, academician, statistician and he was involved in countless social causes. He considered that we have an “instinct to search for the culprit, that makes us stop seeing the facts that could help us to understand the world.” To prove this, the book begins with a short test.

Then we have the explanation of the ten instincts that distort our perspective and limit our ability to be rational. Such as: the tendency to divide the world into two (we and them), how we choose information from media or how we perceive progress.

Although not all information or concepts are new, the structure is clear and extremely well thought out. I appreciated the illustrative stories in each chapter. I like statistics and I usually think in figures, so the diagrams were exactly what I needed to better understand what the authors wanted us to know.

Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog

Recommended by: Teo

Who should read it: People who want an easy and fun reading of events in everyday life seen from a socio-economic perspective. 

Contents:

Dan Ariely (a psychologist and university professor) is a prolific writer, we’ll tell you also about other books he wrote because we’re great fans. This book came out based on his collaboration with the Wall Street Journal. At the newspaper he gave readers advices by responding to their questions.

I managed to find in a few questions relatable situations and even when it was not the case, the reading was still pleasant. You never know when a friend will be addressing one of the questions in the book and you can give him a very reasonable answer. The book is also dotted about with non-responses for the sake of humour, all in Ariely’s own funky style.

The themes of the questions are various: about marriage, perfect gift, decision making, social norms, morality, the garlic effect and many, many more.

Favourite quote: An advice from the chapter On hiring a good (and free) advisor: When we face decisions, we often see the world from an egocentric viewpoint. To overcome this perspective and look at the situation in a more rational way, consider what advice you would give to your best friend if they were in the same exact situation.

Enjoy the reading!

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