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
"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)
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to everyone. :) I would also recommend books from several of the people Gladwell mentions (i.e. - Gottman and Ekman).
I love books read by the authors, and Mr. Gladwell does an excellent job of presenting his material for the listener.
"blink" gives great examples of the importance of practice. "blink" argrues the practiced expert can make snap decisions with better accuracy than hours of detailed analysis. The book then warns that making snap decisions without practice can have disaterous results. Gladwell ties together the benefits and risks of snap decisions by exploring tools to reduce errors by providing structure for decisions (i.e. blind auditions for the orchestra, single police units).
My take away: Trust your gut, as long as you have developed it first.
Yes if they were interested in this topic.
The naked scenes.
The nude scenes.
Our perceptions are all different and we really don't know what we're thinking.
Gladwell has a way of looking at a story that others might not think too interesting and telling it in such a way that it is nothing short of compelling.
I knew Warren Harding was a President to be forgotten. Gladwell's anecdote about why people at the time - voters - couldn't forget such a horrible candidate was mesmerizing.
When someone reads their own work there is no guessing at the meanings, the inflection, the important points of emphasis. He read like a great professor would explain to his class a point that has taken him a lifetime to understand.
Try not to judge everything at face value. If you do, prepare to adjust your opinion if you keep an open mind.
I'd give this a partial recommendation - it was a very interesting subject and the author could have done so much more with it. I really enjoyed the first half of the book and even gained some insight as to how my own subconscious works (and sometimes doesn't). However, the second half of the book got onto a very narrow topic about how our preconceived notions and prejudices make for the
Most: Explaining how some aspects of our subconscious works with giving us accurate and inaccurate first impressions.
Least: The author spent an inordinate amount of time on the dangers of first impressions - and never conveyed how to better use the positive side of our first impressions.
Definitely a must read just don't expect expect anything Earth shattering.
It could but not sure how he could do it.
I thought it was very good, my wife found it a bit dry. I also thought it was compiled in a pretty digestible format in which I was able to listen to it in 30-60 minute chunks at a time and still follow it.
One of the top ten, definitely.
Definition and detailed analysis of the phenomena, and its applicability.
Detailed examples from various fields.
Facial expressions, but there were more.
Well yes, because my first introduction to this author was during a 1-hour leadership-type seminar that I attended remotely. I was so impressed by his presentation style...never boring!!! From his name alone I searched for audio books by him and purchased this one. Love It!!!! This author keeps your mind engaged and moving right along with the main objectives. With that said, I have begun to consider aspects of the inner workings of my mind that I would have never considered before. I also have a bit more confidence in those little quirks about my intuitive self. :-). I'm looking forward to listening to his other works.
The continuity of the information
I'm glad he read his own book. I like his voice.
Report Inappropriate Content