Hard to Be Human - Dundurn

Hard to Be Human

Overcoming Our Five Cognitive Design Flaws

Available Oct 12th 2021

$ 22.99


Powerful strategies to combat the design flaws of the human brain that make life in the twenty-first century unreasonably difficult.

If they could study us the way we study them, other animals would be puzzled by our unique ability to inflict misery on ourselves. We expend a lot of energy replaying past anguish, anticipating future distress, and stewing in self-righteous anger. Other animals would call us out for being oddly paradoxical creatures who long to be happy while creating our own suffering, who struggle to adapt to a confusing world that we ourselves created.

In our defense, we haven’t yet mastered our neuron-packed brains, whose incredible complexity evolved in somewhat haphazard ways over millennia in a very different world than today’s, giving rise to the five big design flaws of the human mind: greedy reductionism, which causes us to oversimplify; certainty addiction, which makes us overconfident; emotional hostage-taking, where we overreact to threats and engage in rumination; competing selves, where we are burdened with inner conflict; and misguided meaning, where we constantly struggle to make sense of things.

Hard to Be Human corrals the best insights from psychology, neuroscience, physics, and philosophy to reveal powerful strategies for the five big battles we each face in the war with ourselves. Other animals have a simpler life, but we can have it easier, too.


Ted Cadsby

Ted Cadsby is a corporate director, consultant, and bestselling author. Ted led 18,000 employees as the executive vice president of Retail Distribution at CIBC. He also served as president and CEO of CIBC Securities Inc., chairman of CIBC Trust Corp., and chairman of CIBC Private Investment Counsel Inc. As a speaker on decision-making, team effectiveness, and leadership, Ted has been extensively interviewed by the national media. He lives in Toronto.

Book Details

October 2021
6x9 in
248 pp