the power of disorder to transform our lives

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Messy (2016)

294 pages

English language

Published Jan. 24, 2016

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Messiness adds benefits to our lives, so why do we resist the concept so? Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain why disorder, confusion, and disarray are actually what lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other. He shows that the human inclination for tidiness can mask a deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.

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  • Resilience (Personality trait)
  • Creative ability
  • Orderliness
  • Psychological aspects