The Jordan Harbinger Show

728: Maria Konnikova | The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) shows us how we can defend ourselves against would-be con artists and use the same principles for more benign purposes in her book The Confidence Game. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Maria Konnikova:

  • As it turns out, you can fool an honest man. But cynics — by their own overconfidence in being savvy and “scamproof” — are just as susceptible to deception.
  • Technology and the abundance of information most of us freely surrender to the Internet makes the con artist’s job easier than ever before.
  • What type of person becomes a con artist?
  • How can we avoid getting scammed?
  • How belief works, why we over-believe in some things (even when we have no evidence for them), and how this plays into our susceptibility to deception.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/728

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