Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman

Rating : 3/5 3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Already plenty has been written and said about this book; there is a scanty window to talk more. However, contrary to the popular opinion, I deem it to be a good matter on psychology but not great. It has been called Phenomenal, International bestsellers, intriguing, a masterpiece by renowned reviewers and readers. In my opinion, it is an average book, compressible within 100 pages, but is bulky due to iterating the same concepts over and over again and dragging unnecessarily.

Roughly, we can summarize the book within a single page. In short, there are two decision-maker systems in our mind – System1 and System2. System 1 is intuitive and spontaneous that decides and calculates in a snap moment. System 2 is analytical and logical but is a lazy thinker. Whenever system 1 gives an intuitive opinion, system 2, being lazy, hardly takes the initiative and accepts it. So, in general, our decisions are influences by system1, and to make a thoughtful and logical decision, it is essential to awake system2 and put it on work.

The book starts with a bang and captivates the reader immediately. As you navigate the initial chapters, it looks promising and gives valuable insight into human psychology and decision-making. After 100 pages, the content starts to look insanely repetitive. Throughout the book, the same point gets proved after each theory and model. I got tired of reading a similar example of choosing between a certain amount or a percentage of a certain amount. In the middle, skimming was my only resort to finish it. By the end of the book, I was so exhausted and had no courage to read another text set in the Appendix. No, I was not even skimming.

I would recommend getting an abridged version (If available) to get the fruitful insights that this book aims to provide.