Clay Routledge: What made you interested in researching and writing a book focused on the self?
Will Storr: My previous book, The Unpersuadable, was an investigation into how intelligent people come to believe crazy things. It focused on the ways we become intellectually stuck. I concluded that we don’t really choose the things we believe—at least not those things that are core to our worldview. What we believe is just part of the accident of who we are. In an important way, our core beliefs and our self are indivisible.