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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (edition 2005)

by Malcolm Gladwell

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Title:Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Authors:Malcolm Gladwell
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2005), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 288 pages
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This book is very informative and intriguing in its approach and its final result.
I specially like it because I hate that I take too much time to decide in general which wastes a lot of time and energy.

Some of the topics are:
* The positive and negative sides of snap judgments.
* Practice & expertise may help on judging correctly from first impression.
* Too much information can be a problem on making accurate decisions.
* Mind reading can be impaired if a person is in a rapid situation and have no time. ( )
  manolina | Sep 16, 2016 |
4.5 stars. The half star is for repeating info multiple times but the rest of it was mind blowing. Just reading how cops unravel at times and kill or hurt people is worth a read.
  newnoz | Aug 6, 2016 |
Edit: I don't like images or videos in reviews. So I won't add a sample image from this website. I'll make you check it out for yourself. This link might go to my favorite, or it might go to the homepage, or it might go nowhere. If it doesn't work for you, google malcolmgladwellbookgenerator. (My favorite is Blank." What's yours?)
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Frustrating. Lots of interesting anecdotes, with analysis of each one. But no guidance on how to use what those people learned in our own lives. If we're not marriage counselors, or firefighters, or subjects of a psychology experiment, we have to go back to what we already know. Which is basically: pay attention to your hunches, but be aware of prejudices, blind spots, and other pitfalls, and figure out when to work hard to get a more thorough understanding of the subject before jumping to conclusions." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The best part about this book is most definitely the insight and explanation of how we (white people) are racist and *why* we are racist. When you hear how pervadffgffbgsive racism is and how it's part of our training it's easier to see why the world has not moved beyond racism and is so natural to ( )
  marshapetry | May 22, 2016 |
Don't bother... Gladwell doesn't deliver what he promises... spend 100 pages telling us how great "thin slicing" is... another 100 pages telling us how it doesn't always works... about 40 pages telling polices stories of thin slicing gone wrong... and then 10 pages telling us to be careful of our prejudices... um... OK... you made me read 250 pages for that? At least I stuck around for the end to realize the argument doesn't really work. I think the subtitle is dishonest to those who don't stick round to the end.

Oh yeah, and others have done a much better job summarizing and interpreting the stories and the research he recounts.

My principal recommended this book... typical of school administrators... hey, did I ever tell you?... (inside joke). ( )
  GaryAckermanPhD | May 1, 2016 |
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Beyond question, Gladwell has succeeded in his avowed aim. Though perhaps less immediately seductive than the title and theme of The Tipping Point, Blink satisfies and gratifies.
 
If you want to trust my snap judgment, buy this book: you'll be delighted. If you want to trust my more reflective second judgment, buy it: you'll be delighted but frustrated, troubled and left wanting more.
 
"Blink" brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves, ideas that you'll have a hard time getting out of your head, things you'll itch to share with all your friends.
added by stephmo | editSalon.com, Farhad Manjoo (Jan 13, 2005)
 
You can't judge a book by its cover. But Gladwell had me at hello — and kept me hooked to the final page.
 
As a researcher, Gladwell doesn't break much new ground. But he's talented at popularizing others' research. He's a clever storyteller who synthesizes and translates the work of psychologists, market researchers and criminologists.
added by stephmo | editUSA Today, Bob Minzesheimer (Jan 10, 2005)
 

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316010669, Paperback)

Blink is about the first two seconds of looking--the decisive glance that knows in an instant. Gladwell, the best-selling author of The Tipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind reading with a gift for translating research into splendid storytelling. Building his case with scenes from a marriage, heart attack triage, speed dating, choking on the golf course, selling cars, and military maneuvers, he persuades readers to think small and focus on the meaning of "thin slices" of behavior. The key is to rely on our "adaptive unconscious"--a 24/7 mental valet--that provides us with instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, read a stranger, or react to a new idea.

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

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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.… (more)

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