In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?
In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing", filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.
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"Entertaining and illuminating." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gladwell's groundbreaking explication of a key aspect of human nature is enlightening, provocative, and great fun to read." (Booklist)
We all make snap judgements everyday. This book provides insite into what's going on in those few seconds.
I enjoyed this book and its ideas of "blink". It seemed like a very interesting topic but I always felt like I was waiting for information that would truly convince me about "blink" moments.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
I had heard about this book a while back and had decided I didn't want to read it. There was some controversy about it. Then while going through the listings on Audible I ran across it and didn't recognize it. So I read the treatment and decided it might be interesting. It wasn't till I was immersed in the book that I remembered the controversy about it. But I am VERY glad I listened. What a great book. Very well done and read. It cleared a lot of stuff up for me. My work is almost entirely based on how quickly I judge things - basically R&D work and it has to be done in a fraction of the time that would be given in a normal situation. What a great look at what the mind goes through in making decisions. Things are not Black and White, but varying degrees of grey.
I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" but was disappointed by this book. For starters, the ideas presented in here aren't new to me. I've heard other, better pieces about inuitative thinking and his reasoning falls down a little as he stretches the handful of ancedotes to the breaking point. I would have prefered more qualification and discussion of exception along the lines of "Inutiative thinking doesn't work in these circumstances."
On the positive note, Malcolm Gladwell did a good job as his own narrator.
Gladwell has such a great way of telling a story and breaking it down. I love that he narrates his own books. This book challenges your thinking about the way you think. It makes you understand how really good or bad your judgment can be in certain situations. It also challenges commonly held beliefs. As usual a great read from Malcomb Gladwell.
I really liked the other Gladwell book I'd listened to (Outliers), so I thought I'd like Blink, too. But I found it to be rather shallow and lacking much beyond just citing some famous social science studies. His conclusions are either obvious and basic or sweeping and grandiose. The points raised were worth thinking about, but ultimately it was just an OK way to pass the time.
Malcolm Gladwell's analysis of human intuition is eye-opening and truly fascinating. One of the best books I have ever read - or listened to. Not to be missed.
I started listening to this book, and I was thinking 'Yeah, but....' and 'Yeah, but...' I agreed, in part, with what he said, but knew there were exceptions. It turned out that the later part of the book went into just those issues I had in great detail. All in all, it made short work of a drive home from Florida. I definitely would recommend it.
The book isn't entirely perfect. It rambles almost off topic a little. But even still, I learned a lot and would consider giving it as a gift.
Snap judgments greatly influence the quality of our decision making and our ability to process information in a way that helps. I learned a lot from this one. This was also very engaging the whole way through
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