Today’s episode of The Mental Game Podcast was a real honor for me. My guest is exactly the kind of expert I had in mind when I wanted to expand the podcast beyond poker.
Christopher Chabris is an Associate Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Neuroscience Program at Union College in Schenectady, and along with Daniel Simons wrote the fantastic book The Invisible Gorilla: How our Intuitions Deceive Us. He is also an accomplished poker and chess player, and writes a games column for the Wall Street Journal.
Christopher’s work focuses on the many ways in which we fool ourselves everyday, and the illusions we create for ourselves. Think you don’t fall for some of these illusion? Think again, we all do it. If you’d like to test yourself, go to Christopher’s book website here, watch some of the videos and see how you do!
In this episode you will discover:
- How our minds do not work the way we think they do
- Why having a commitment device can accelerate your performance
- Why learning is not a steady upwards curve, but something with peaks and plateaus
- How changing habits sometimes can take years to completely do, despite what a lot of self help literature tells us
- The significant difference in confidence between poker players and chess players
- How much we underestimate how distracted we are all the time
A lot of people think that my job is to improve my clients’ confidence, when the reality is that sometimes what I have to do is shine a light on some of the ways that they’re overconfident. This sometimes lowers confidence in the short term, but over the long-term allows them to have more stable, consistent, and realistic confidence, which is important for long-term success.
Christopher is a fan of our books,Â andÂ you can still get The Mental Game of Poker 1 or 2 for free on audiobook. If you prefer eBook or softcover, I have affordable ways for you to get copies just click here.
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