Wilful Blindness

Why We Ignore the Obvious

Margaret Heffernan


An engaging and anecdotal examination of how and why as individuals and as a society we choose to turn a blind eye to the uncomfortable truth
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<p><b>Fully revised and updated since its first publication in 2011 to encompass further appalling instances of wilful blindness: Grenfell Tower, Carillion, Harvey Weinstein, Windrush and many more</b><br /><br /> 'Entertaining and compellingly argued' <i><b>Sunday Times</b></i><br /> 'A tour de force of brilliant insights' <b>Philip Zimbardo</b><br /> 'A polemic against the dangers of docility and "groupthink" in every walk of life' <i><b>Books of the Year, Financial Times</b></i><br /> 'Writing in clear, flowing prose, Heffernan draws on psychological and neurological studies and interviews with executives, whistleblowers and white-collar criminals' <b><i>N</i><i>ew York Times</i></b><br /> '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' <b>Daniel H. Pink, author of <i>Drive </i>and <i>A Whole New Mind </i></b><br /><br /> Why, after every major accident and blunder, do we look back and ask, <b>how could we have been so blind</b>? Why do some people see what others don't? And <b>how can we change</b>? Drawing on studies by psychologists and neuroscientists, and from interviews with <b>business leaders</b>, <b>whistle blowers </b>and<b> white collar criminals</b>, distinguished businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan examines <b>the phenomenon of wilful </b><b>blindness</b>, exploring the reasons that individuals and groups are blind to impending <b>personal tragedies, corporate collapses, engineering failures </b>-<b> even crimes against humanity.</b></p><p>We turn a blind eye in order <b>to feel safe, to avoid conflict, to reduce anxiety and to protect prestige</b>. 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 <b>more mindful</b> of what's going on around us and be proactive instead of reactive.</p>
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Book publisherSimon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date1 Apr 2019
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