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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, articles, and interviews.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Quill Award Nominee

"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)

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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A read that will stick in your head"
    Where does Blink rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Blink is the top of my 2nd teir listens. While the information is mindblowing and knowing that a TV series spawned from this book none of Malcolm Gladwell's books are 100%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcolm Gladwell's presentation of his hypothesis is great. It is rare to find where the reader is bogged down with information.


    Any additional comments?

    Blink is a great book. If nothing more than just the perspective of thought that the reader is left with after finishing the book. Malcolm Gladwell is great reading the book as his excitement bleeds through. Malcolm is the great Wizard of OZ allowing you to peek behind the current and showing you how everything works.

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    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 06-09-13
    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist

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    "Compare with Predictably Irrational"

    I made the mistake of reading Predictably Irrational at the same time as I was reading Blink. This is a problem because although both books are great, they advance virtual opposite concepts and both have solid research and sociological/statistical evidence to support their conclusions.
    I often make Blink decisions – like the man I married, but then sometimes I spend extensive time researching. According to Blink, that extensive research may result in the wrong decision, but according to predictably irrational, people often compare apples with apples, or so we think and come out with a conclusion that isn’t logical.
    For example, we purchased 3 properties – 2 rentals and one residence. They are each in a distinct economic sector of the US. One of the rentals was the price of a car, the other, a small down home, and the third in a major metropolitan region. In each case, we pretty much matched the median price for that economic region, based on research about the local housing market, crime trends, flood zones, etc. However predictably irrational says that people tend to pay the same amount for each home regardless of what geographic region it is in and what the local market forces are. So, apparently, we dodged the bullet there, by doing extensive research.
    However, Malcolm contends that people need to listen to their gut and feel a decision. I don’t know that he would argue that this is the only way to make a decision, so much as that we shouldn’t let extensive research and scientific study overwhelm or silence our own intuitive sense of what we know.
    So, the challenge becomes how to blend the two remarkable and contradictory books into a guideline for effective decision making. Regardless of where you come out, I do recommend reading them both in a relatively short time frame, so you can compare the concepts side by side. Fascinating and intriguing ideas in both, doubly so when read together.

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    Jeff Mettel 05-23-13
    Jeff Mettel 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Compilation of examples - nothing more."
    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    No.


    Would you recommend Blink to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because the book is a compilation of examples to prove the author's point, but never evolves to a more profound analysis, nor it educates the listener/reader on how to manage situations as to apply thin slicing at best for decision making in the "blink" of an eye.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The plot does not evolve.


    Any additional comments?

    If you listened / read the introduction and first chapter, you read it all!

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    Cynthia 04-01-13
    Cynthia 04-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!

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    This book seems to be well researched and gives an in depth view on the reasons behind snap judgements I doubt many people are aware of. The book also gives understandable, logical mental steps people can practice that can alter first impressions, including our propensity for stereotyping. An interesting book.

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    Drake The Village, Oklahoma, United States 03-11-13
    Drake The Village, Oklahoma, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Blink the most enjoyable?

    I love all of Malcom Gladwell's books. This one provides the great mental food for thought.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Exploring the details of the unconscious.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but I will in the future.


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    Peter Buckeye, AZ 03-05-13
    Peter Buckeye, AZ 03-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Husband, Father, Fighter Pilot and Granite Stater.

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    "Malcolm Gladwell is a fantastic storyteller."
    What other book might you compare Blink to and why?

    Tipping Point is another fantastic read. Looking forward to listening to it now.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    He is a fantastic storyteller, I am so glad he read his own book for this audiobook. He has a way of explaining sometimes complicated concepts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Judge this movie by its cover.


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    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-13
    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-13
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    "Interesting take on unconscious decisions"
    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the author read the book for you makes you really understand the text the way he intended you to understand it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither laugh nor cry, it's more of a "oh, that's interesting" kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding a bit more about the real power of our brain and the unimaginable amount of calculations, decisions and assumptions we do everyday without even noticing it

    Just a warning: you may end this book with the feel that humans are much more predictable that you thought

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    Amazon Customer 11-19-12

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    "Mindset altering..."
    Would you listen to Blink again? Why?

    Yes, there are a number of theories relevant to my line of work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    thin-slicing concept as a whole because it is applicable to every sphere


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this is The best


    If you could give Blink a new subtitle, what would it be?

    You've decided before you realized it


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    Richard United States 11-12-12
    Richard United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Thought Provoking Insight Into Human Behavior"
    What made the experience of listening to Blink the most enjoyable?

    its correlation of many factors


    What other book might you compare Blink to and why?

    Freakonomics


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrative animates the text


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Implementation by police depts of lessons learned from behavioral research


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    Amy LAKE VILLA, IL, United States 10-01-12
    Amy LAKE VILLA, IL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Left wanting more"
    If you could sum up Blink in three words, what would they be?

    eye-opening, revealing, mindblowing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many characters and stories around each hard to pick just one.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt as if the author was sharing with me these stories personally and wanted me to understand thin slicing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    OH YES. This was the unabridged version and I wish there was more!


    Any additional comments?

    What an eye-opening book. I will never look the same at things and try to catch myself thin-slicing whether good or bad.

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