by frank stass, md
Have you ever had a forehead smacking moment and said, “How could I have been so stupid?” My guess is yes since, according to Dr. Stass, stupidity is part of the human condition. Stupidities range from the innocuous (walking into a glass door because you’re not paying attention) to heartbreaking (affairs or abuses that end relationships) to life threatening (like taking an unknown mountain road at night, in the dead of winter, before cell phones, thinking it was s shortcut and getting stuck in the snow when the road ended … yep, that one was me).
Why do we do these things? Dr. Stass draws on thirty-five years as a psychiatrist working in both inpatient and outpatient settings to explain the fundamental mechanics governing stupid actions. He identifies the most common types of stupidity and then breaks stupidity down into its component parts. Most importantly, he give tools and techniques to prevent, minimize and learn more effectively from our mistakes.
This is an easy read and packs a powerful punch into a slim volume. It provided me with a much better understanding of why we are so often blinded to our own stupidities until after the fact, ways to recognize the warning signs for an impending attack of the stupids and alter course before I, literally or metaphorically, get stuck on another lonely mountain road in the dead of winter. It’s available as an ebook on Amazon.