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Blink

The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Gladwell, Malcolm

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices 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? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, the author 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 filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Back Bay trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316010665
0316010669
Branch Call Number: 153.44 G543b 2007
Characteristics: xii, 296, 15, 11 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm

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Join the discussion on Jan. 20, 2015. 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? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

Presents a study of how people think without thinking, looking at the brain processes involved in making snap decisions, discussing why some people seem to have great instincts while others consistently choose unwisely, and examining ways to control the process.


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If you have enjoyed this book, read "Thinking Fast and Slow" by D. Kahneman. It is a a treat.

I like the many stories in this book. They always offer me some insights, which not necessarily agree with the author’s points. It’s funny to see how the author himself contradict himself in the book – but understandably so, because we live in such a paradoxical world.

Paradoxical especially when the unconscious mind is involved. Kudos to Malcolm to make a bestseller out of the subject of the unconscious mind, so the word does not only belong to the psychotherapists’ arena.

Are we going to trust our unconscious mind? The book gives many examples to do so, and many examples not to. It may not be because Malcolm Gladwell likes to contradict himself, but that there are layers of our unconscious mind. Some layers are innate, those we call “instinct”. They are unknown to us until the snap judgment is made, in another word, we “figure it out before we realize we have figured it out”. In those cases, it’s a good idea to listen to the barameter of the body. But some unconscious layers are programed, like how to drive, like how we have unconscious prejudice towards a certain group of people... (more on: http://kemilahypnosis.com/book-reviews/blink/)

if you are looking for a scientific language and solid conclusions this is not the right book for you. For the exact same topic I would recommend reading "Thinking Fast and Slow" from D.Kahneman. I read "Blink" after I read Kahneman's book and it sounded very weak. Otherwise the book is okay, I don't regret I read it.

Sep 26, 2012
  • thornhill30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gut feeling, intuition, hunches: they are all real. They might not work quite the way we thought, but they are very real and Malcolm Gladwell tells us some things about them that certainly surprised me. Fascinating book.

Jul 30, 2012
  • kellymasegian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anyone who enjoys knowing how the mind works should enjoy this book. I also read Tipping Point, and found this to be much more approachable.

Jun 05, 2012
  • MarilynBelleghem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As hard as it has been to think about some of the limits to my attitudes Blink has created a new awareness in me of areas where my judgements have been too quick and based on prejudices. It helped me see areas where I have been influenced and not really thought about how I think. A great read.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The mind is constantly gathering, sorting and often discarding endless sensory inputs from the world. Most of it is noise, but often thoughts are flagged as worthy of our conscious attention. Occasionally, the mind insists something is important though our consciousness doesn't understand why. One might describe this as 'that nagging feeling'. This book is a collection of case studies that are mercifully light on scientific jargon and relate well to experiences we all know.

I've interacted with and worked under people who consistently misunderstood the power of intuitive decision making. It's easy and intellectually lazy to point to a chart, a graph, a spreadsheet, or an equation and say, 'This is why we should go this way'. It takes guts and willpower to rely equally on your own life experience too. You won't always be right, but I believe, as this book does, that you'll be right much more often than you think.

Dec 11, 2011
  • hankremmers rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't finish.

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Draws on a range of case studies to explore the process by which people make decisions, explaining how the difference between good and bad decision making is directly related to the details on which people focus, and counseling readers on how to become better decision makers in every aspect of life. 296p.

what an incredibly interesting read!

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Jul 30, 2012
  • kellymasegian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My favorite subtitle in the book (and there were a few contenders), had to be, "A man, a woman and a lightswitch"

"the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"

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