2022 Hope College Faculty Books
How Do We Know Ourselves?
Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind
Dr. David Myers, Professor of Psychology
With a conversational approach and bite-sized chapters, How Do We Know Ourselves? by psychologist Dr. David Myers makes it easy to find psychology’s answers to questions ranging from why we misinterpret song lyrics to why it can be so difficult to change someone else’s — or one’s own — opinion.
Subtitled “Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind” and geared toward a general audience, the book has been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. Its 40 essays appear in three clusters: “Who Am I?,” focusing on the self; “Who Are We?,” exploring relationships; and “What in the World?,” taking a psychological eye to the larger world. Each running a quick four to six pages in length, they cover topics like “Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last,” “Judging Others and Judging Ourselves,” “The Psychology of Division,” “How to Make and Sustain Friendships,” “How Nature and Nurture Form Us,” and “The Power of Confirmation Bias and the Credibility of Belief.”