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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Kindle Edition
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Gladwell includes caveats about leaping to conclusions: marketers can manipulate our first impressions, high arousal moments make us "mind blind," focusing on the wrong cue leaves us vulnerable to "the Warren Harding Effect" (i.e., voting for a handsome but hapless president). In a provocative chapter that exposes the "dark side of blink," he illuminates the failure of rapid cognition in the tragic stakeout and murder of Amadou Diallo in the Bronx. He underlines studies about autism, facial reading and cardio uptick to urge training that enhances high-stakes decision-making. In this brilliant, cage-rattling book, one can only wish for a thicker slice of Gladwell's ideas about what Blink Camp might look like. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Publisher : Penguin; Reprint edition (23 February 2006)
- Print length : 277 pages
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B002VISNAS
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This isthe book which is not easily grasped esp who does not have background in psychology .
To be read slowly and with concentration and can't be read like a novel . Various studies in psychology are well explained .
It definitely influences one's thinking . Only for serious readers and not a time pass. The other two books esp I.e. Outliers, and David & Goliath are also worth reading .
The book is all about snap judgements, that reveals the sceret of fast and frugal judgements based on little information. Gladwell points out that snap judgements are better than the decisions where we take considerable amount of time and through our choices and options. This split second decisions are based on "adaptive unconsciousness".
But are the snap judgments derived from adaptive unconsciousness or rapid cognition always reliable??
The answer is No.
Author doesn't stop just stating the positive sides of snap judgments, he also explains negative incidents across the world.
Why does the blind test for coke turn into disaster? Why Diallo got killed by police?
But he also gives the proper approach to snap judgments. Thin-slicing, refers to ability our unconscious mind to find patterns in situations and behaviour based on narrow slicses of experiments.
Blink is an interesting and compelling read, it's very well written, engages your mind from start to end. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who's trying to learn and think better as it helps in all aspects of life. Also, those who are studying psychology must give it a try.
It was meant to be given as a gift. However, the quality was just too poor.
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Anyhow, i am only 50 or so pages in and notwithstanding it somewhat defeats the argument, i will not rush to judgement and will read the rest of the book
Some very interesting examples to get you thinking about the 'blink' reaction from different areas of the authors life and experiences. It has certainly made me think and I've found myself trusting my first thoughts more often without having to re-think things which alter our perceptions through over thinking. I've found myself googling many of the experients and tests he mentions in order rewatch them as many examples featured in a leadership workshop I went to.
Definitely worth a read to expand the way we think.