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)
For anyone with moderate life experience, this book offers little of value. Furthermore, there is no inner integrity to the work as it jumps from one topic to another with little appreciable relation to the title theme or to its neighbor subjects. It sounds like an assigned paper by a captive student-author for a college course. You can spend your time, $'s and ear drums much more wisely.
This book took a long time to explain to me what I already knew. That said, I didn't know I knew it and I learned a lot about how to use my quick judgements better. Furthermore, this book armed me with empowering tales of how thin slicing (quick, accurate judgements) can help me and cautionary tales of how it can be misused. All in all a great read. I highly recommend it.
This was more of a research paper than anything else. I didn't find it very enjoyable. All of the reviews I had heard made it sound like an earth-shattering and interesting work. Somehow I missed that.
Terrific, relevant, fascinating audiobook that is essential for anyone who is... alive, basically. Very incisive studies of human perceptual abilities and shortcomings which will help you understand yourself and others better, and entertaining besides.
This book really applies to a wide variety of settings but wanted to recommend it for teachers of clinical medicine and practitioners. Wonderful to have a discussion about what folks hear and understand from Gladwell's brilliant analysis of social interactions.
This is a fabulously riviting book about the human mind. It will definitely change the way I interpret situations going forward. I find myself lingering in my car just to finish listening to a particular segment. This is the best book I've read in the past year.
This book really makes you think about how you think. It gave me several "driveway moments" where I sat in the car listening until the end of a section.
I found this book a very entertaining read and found myself bringing it up in conversations for weeks, citing many of the interesting examples that are shown in the book. Really makes you think about how our unthinking mind works. Not generally a non-fiction fan, but this held me riveted.
What a wonderful journey into how powerful and immediate our first impressions can be! This audio book gives numerous examples of the "thin slice" theory in action, where people with a trained eye can instantly and accurately perceive what others miss altogether. The author uses various real-life situations and research results to help us understand the factors at work in our own minds so we can take advantage of this power while avoiding making the wrong snap judgements. Very thought-provoking and, apparently, very threatening to those with a crippling inability to look at the world objectively.
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