Tough Talk

Why Everyone's Talking and No One's Listening (And What We Can Do About It)

Ian Leslie

September 2020 Manuscript in English Current Affairs, Popular Psychology, Popular Science

This book explains why evidence doesn’t change people’s minds, why terror suspects don’t succumb to intimidation, and why students are having less sex than their parents.

In Tough Talk, Ian Leslie explains how human beings communicate with each other. It turns out that most people are actually not very good at communicating at all. This didn’t matter so much when people lived in small, homogenous groups, but now that we live in diverse, interconnected societies, it has become a serious problem. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Tough Talk describes the latest research of a group of cutting-edge “interpersonal” psychologists and the work of ground-breaking experts in “high stakes” communication, like hostage negotiators, interrogators and addiction counselors, to show that it is possible for human beings to learn how to resolve disagreements peacefully and without escalation into conflict.