Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds

Steve Casner. Riverhead, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-399-57409-2
“Being careful today seems harder than it used to be,” observes research psychologist Casner in this fascinating debut. The number of fatal injuries has declined significantly over the past century, but since 1992, accidents have actually been on the rise, which Casner attributes to the influx of technological innovations. He proposes a proactive response, stating, “the next safety revolution is going to have to happen in our own minds.” Using real-life examples, research studies, statistics, and his own experiences, he identifies six basic human vulnerabilities that lead to accidents: inattention, making errors (and being unable to admit them), taking risks, not thinking ahead, failing to look out for other people, and being unwilling to receive or dispense advice. Casner stresses that it is up to each individual to consciously try to overcome these failings. He cautions that people are constantly flooded with an enormous amount of information, which can make it even harder to make wise decisions. Riveting and relatable, Casner’s book will inspire readers to take a good look at their own lives and the safety precautions they take on a daily basis. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 02/20/2017
Release date: 05/23/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
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