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From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in ...Show synopsisFrom the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind. An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it's a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person...This book is all about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of 'blink', showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you'll never think about thinking in the same way again. "Trust my snap judgement, buy this book: you'll be delighted". (The New York Times). "Compelling, fiendishly clever". (Evening Standard). "Brilliant ...the implications for business, let alone love, are vast". (Observer). "Superb ...this wonderful book should be compulsory reading". (New Statesman). "Blink might just change your life". (Esquire). "Should you buy this book? You already know the answer to that". (Independent on Sunday). Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.Hide synopsis
Gladwell is a very readable, incisive writer. He presents and analyzes a lot of results of very good science on human cognition and understanding that may be new to most readers.
The announced purpose is to discuss how humans make successful snap judgments, both correct and incorrect. While he offers no actual rules at the end of the book for improving such snap judgments, the mere fact of his exposition of the results of numerous studies by good scientists provides enough thought-provoking information to allow readers to analyze and potentially improve their own interactions.
It is a compelling, vital, and well written book I recommend to anyone.
There's a lot to learn from this book. I found "thin slicing" one of the most interesting concepts. It explains how a group was able to tell if a pair of newly weds would still be married years later (with a very high success rate) from just looking at them talk for a few minutes. I, personally, am the type who loves reading about that type of topic. If you are as well, then this is highly recommended. I found it helpful for when I make decisions in my daily life as well. This is a non-fiction book with some science involved, but it is explained well enough that anyone should be able to understand. Even though the content should be boring to learn about, the author manages to write it in such a way that it is not boring at all.
If you're the type of person who loves reading/hearing about psychological issues and the complexity of the human thinking--conscious and subconscious, then I'm certain you'd find this book worth the read. Otherwise, to be quite honest, you might find it to become very repetitive. If I had to describe it in ten words, I'd say it's a "collection of anecdotes discussing the wonders of the human mind."
It has no specific plot, rather, it follows this outline where a group of stories lead to a specific point Gladwell wants to make. The points I can think of off the top of my head are the mind exhibits thin-slicing and rapid cognition. What I really like about it is how it makes one feel okay for having certain preconceived notions about things and making us realize that it's okay to stereotype, because we ALL do it naturally subconsciously. What's more important is if we choose to live by those stereotypes or keep an open mind.
Sure, much of it relies on events that are not exactly average/normal in their outcomes. This is what makes the read so interesting. A couple of professionals can ask married couples to come in and converse right in front of them, and then accurately predict if the couple will remain married or divorce in the near future? What?
It's a good book for open discussion. The best case scenario for you to enjoy this is: 1) you enjoy things about the human psyche, 2) you can openly discuss this 3) you don't mind plotless books
Intuition almost explained We?ve all had the experiences, we?re taking a test. We read the question and the possible answers. We immediately feel a pull toward a particular answer but we have to be logical about this we have to think it through, we have to come up with a satisfactory explanation why its that answer. We reread the question and answers, make our selection, it's different from what our first instinct had been. It?s the wrong answer, the one we were first pulled to was correct. How can that be? It didn?t fit our logic test? How about when you meet a person for the first time and get an immediate good or bad feeling about them? You have no logical reasons, you can't explain it, it's just a feeling. Maybe you?re in a high pressure high risk situation; things are moving very fast, too fast to think things through you?re operating off instinct, your decisions come and you take action without applying any logical analytical decision making approach, you just do it! And your right! Blink takes you into the science of a new and exciting field of research that challenges much of the conventional wisdom we?ve been taught about the decision making process. Malcolom Gladwell is a gifted writer with that rare ability to explain complex scientific research in a way the average reader can connect with. Blink is a great read. The book is very well laid out, each chapter builds on the next presenting unconventional ideas and the supporting science with real world examples that make solid connections for the reader. This is one of those rare works that will change the way you see the world. Bravo Mr. Gladwell and thank you.
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