Book Review: Scout Mindset
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly, and Others Don’t
However, this is an easy read and a nice digest of other great books on a similar subject matter with a few reframes that are worthwhile. I recommend it to you for that purpose. I'll summarize it for you here:
By Julia Galef. Here on GoodReads.
I've been reading several books in parallel this summer, but I've just finished Scout Mindset about how to stop self-deceiving and view the world realistically. As someone immersed in forecasting trends, this was a perfect fit. I hesitated initially for two reasons: One, I believed the book would be a rehash of other cognitive error / super forecasting literature which I have already read. Second, mindset overload. How many mindsets must one attempt to maintain at one time? There is scarcity vs. abundance, grit, ownership, and growth vs. fixed to name a few.
The reason why Scout Mindset is important: “Life is made up of judgment calls, and the more you can avoid distorting your perception of reality, the better your judgment will be."
Benefits from self-deceptions:
Several useful mindsets reframe tactics that are as straightforward as described:
- "Comfort, self-esteem, and morale are emotional benefits, meaning that the ultimate target of our deception is ourselves."
- "Persuasion, image, and belonging are social benefits; the target of the deception is other people by way of ourselves."
- The Outsider Test: Think of a decision, or dilemma, or fact set as an outsider with no emotional attachment or history;
- Don't brush off the other side: This is a point that top negotiators all emphasize: Don’t write off the other side as crazy; and,
- Rethinking identities: Our beliefs can become deeply attached identities, which make people unwilling to consider or reassess alternative realities that deviate from their identity.