Why do smart people do stupid things? That is the question Laurence Gonzales answers in his book Everyday Survival.
The book explains how our brains develop scripts and how those scripts allow us to function at a higher level. However, those scripts can also lead to disaster. Our brains can go into autopilot mode at the wrong time.
The example that really stuck with me, involves a police officer that trained other officers on how to disarm an assailant. The trainer would disarm the student and then hand the gun back to the student as he explained his method to the class. This event was repeated over and over again.
The trainer was in the field one night and was facing an armed criminal. The trainer disarmed the criminal, but without thinking he handed the gun back to the man. The criminal grabbed for his gun and attempted to kill the trainer. The trainer’s partner shot the criminal and saved his life.
I understand how something like that could happen to anyone.
The author doesn’t just explain how our brains develop internal scripts. The book also discusses ways to prevent internal scripts form automatically taking over and how to maintain alertness at all times.
I enjoyed the book and thought is was really interesting. I give it an A-