May 16, 2014

Book Review Fridays- Blink





Malcolm Gladwell writes a poignant book on decision-making and self-awareness. I read Blink, and couldn't put it down until I was finished. I can't tell you how helpful this makes understanding our intrinsic know how. It teaches you to hone in on your instincts, and ultimately trust them. These are concepts that we generally already know, but sometimes lack the understanding behind. It encourages using our powers of rapid cognition other wise known as our subconscious.

Gladwell gives anecdotal stories, and examples to illustrate his points which makes grasping concepts that seem complicated a lot easier. The stories are completely relatable. The words flow easily, making a somewhat "heavy" topic  a breeze to read.

 It seems repetitive at times, but not to its detriment. I find that the repetition of the message after the end of every example drives home the lessons to be learned. Often times you finish a book and wonder what the lesson or purpose was; this is not the case with Blink.

The most important take-away is learning to rely on snap judgments. This was described as first impressions. Apparently they really are crucial in our assessments. Gladwell emphasizes that focusing on this can reduce mistakes in organizations, improve test taking, and help decision making.

Overall, it's a good read in the non-fiction world. There are useful tools to improve thinking "without thinking." I would definitely recommend this not only to read, but have around to go back to for a refresher.

If you'd like to read it, you can follow this link to buy it here


Score- 4 out of 5

1 comment:

Carlyn Brody said...

It sounds like an interesting book.

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