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Insight

Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
Narrated by: Tasha Eurich
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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The first definitive book on the science of self-awareness, Insight is a fascinating journey into everyone's favorite topic: themselves. 

Do you understand who you really are? Or how others really see you? We all know people with a stunning lack of self-awareness - but how often do we consider whether we might have the same problem? 

Research shows that self-awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century - the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Unfortunately, we are remarkably poor judges of ourselves and how we come across, and it's rare to get candid, objective feedback from colleagues, employees, and even friends and family. 

Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich shatters conventional assumptions about what it takes to truly know ourselves - like why introspection isn't a bullet train to insight, how experience is the enemy of self-knowledge, and just how far others will go to avoid telling us the truth about ourselves. Through stories of people who've made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques, and strategies to help listeners do the same - and therefore improve their work performance, career satisfaction, leadership potential, relationships, and more. 

At a time when self-awareness matters more than ever, Insight is the essential playbook for surviving and thriving in an unaware world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Tasha Eurich (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"Think of the most cluelessly unselfaware person you know: your boss, annoying neighbor, brother-in-law. How can we avoid being that person? And teach our kids to avoid being that person as well? Eurich summarizes the fascinating science about self insight, but - perhaps more importantly - she studies admirable individuals who are self-aware in a way that is applauded by their peers. You'll benefit from knowing what they know. Buy a copy for yourself and buy another to leave, anonymously, on your boss's desk." (Chip Heath, coauthor of New York Times best sellers Switch and Decisive)

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Chicken noodle soup for the faux-llectual

What would have made Insight better?

I was hoping for an analysis of our inner processes as seen through experiments and statistical surveys. Instead, I was given portrait after portrait of *unicorns* who run into crummy circumstances, change their minds and begin the *thrive*.

What could Tasha Eurich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The use of buzz words in this *bold* work were a clue to the inner lack of substance. So much garnish, so little meat.

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

I think authors that can read their own books are awesome, and I have no problem with her narration skills. I didn't realize she was the author at first; I just thought she was really "in tune" with the content.

What character would you cut from Insight?

George Washington, Ben Franklin, Ben, Susan, all these portraits. History must be full of people who did bad and then good. And no matter the circumstances, they could be painted to have *discovered their inner workings*.

Any additional comments?

I really thought this books would speak to the power understanding how others see us over even more self-indulgent know-thyself mantras. This book is self-aware of works that have come before, but it falls into the same anecdotal traps without sufficiently setting itself apart.

Thank you Audible for your return policy.

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worth all our time, but it took too much time

Would you try another book from Tasha Eurich and/or Tasha Eurich?

only after she gets a better editor

Would you ever listen to anything by Tasha Eurich again?

only after she gets a better editor

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

editing!

Was Insight worth the listening time?

meh

Any additional comments?

The PDF at the end was invaluable and could operate stand alone

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  • Michelle
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  • 06-17-18

Helpful for self-development

Tasha does a nice job of illustrating through numerous examples the power of going beyond ourselves to solicit input from others on how we're showing up and what we can do to be better. This is helpful for anyone looking to develop both personally and professionally. She provides helpful tips and tools to gather candid feedback in order to be the best you. I would recommend this book to those that have plateaued in their own development and are looking for ways to push through to the other side.

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Excellent book!

Excellent book! I was wondering why my life is becoming difficult after trying to become more self aware. This book points out clearly the roadblocks we may hit during our journey! Thank you, I was able to know a few of my blind spots by this book! Hats off to the author n research!

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Loved the book, helped me better understand others

I have been very impressed with this book and the understanding Ms. Eurich provides into both internal and external self-awareness. It has helped me identify issues and change my response to others based on their self-awareness and my own. It is a must listen for those that are struggling with unaware people in their lives...

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Game changer

One of those books that shapes the way you read every other. The data is so compelling and the truths are sound. You have to read it with humility because it will go against everything you might believe about yourself, but once you accept it, insight flows!

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Book is Awesome! PDFs Not So Much

The book is great. The thing is I can't find the PDF files. There is nothing in my library. I can't take the quizes or anything else. : ( This is an Audible.com fail, not the author's.

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Game Changing

If there is a better skill or more impactful skill than self awareness, I'm not sure my mind is strong enough to be introduced to it because this book blew me away. Absolutely amazed. I have looked forward to listening at every possible turn. Bought the book after hearing 4 chapters. This will definitely be something that I read again and again to sharpen my saw/mind /spirit /growth. Thank you Tasha. My life is definitely better for your efforts that are now my efforts

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Must Read

This book helped me to navigate some tough situations personally and professionally, and is a book that I will reread, I’m sure. I also recommend tge workbook.

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  • LF
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excellent material, but ...

the core material was excellent but the author at times drew parallels that were over the top.