Blink The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking ( CD)
|From the bestselling author of "The Tipping Point" comes a groundbreaking newaudiobook about decision-making.|
Social commentator Malcolm Gladwell once again takes the pulse of contemporary experience and, in BLINK, comes up with this enlightening exploration of the role of rapid thinking in everyday life. Gladwell shows how what we call snap judgments, first impressions, or instinct are often right on target and get to the core truths. He reveals that experts call this process "thin-slicing"--the ability to dive for truth the way a basketball player grabs a loose ball on the court, cutting through layers and levels of knowledge that resist tortured analysis. He reports on current research in the fields of science and psychology, and their applications in marketing. Gladwell writes of the marriage therapist who can discern, by listening to three minutes of the parties talking to each other, whether their marriage will last, and how thin-slicing operates in a job interview or when an insurance company wants to identify which doctors are candidates for lawsuits. It might be a sense of structures and patterns, or a Sherlock Holmesian sensitivity to the messages we send out, or just the ability to filter out bad signals and bad information. Gladwell draws examples from the home, office, and school, and proceeds with care and caution through his material; his exposition is as engaging as it was in his previous book, THE TIPPING POINT. After reading Gladwell you will more likely trust your first impressions, but wonder what others are thinking, too.
"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories, all about the backstage mental process we call intuition....My first impression of BLINK--in blurb-speak--was 'Fascinating! Eye-opening! Important!'....If you want to trust my snap judgment, buy this book: you'll be delighted." - David Brooks 01/16/2005 Kirkus Reviews
"The author's great strength lies in his stories, and here he crafts a number of engaging ones....All these stories are nicely written and most inform and entertain at the same time...." 10/01/2005 Entertainment Weekly
"[A] lively, wide-ranging pop treatise." 12/30/2005
this is an extremely thought-provoking book, ironically about how you shouldn't really think too hard, but just let things happen by instinct. He shows lots of different and convincing examples about how this is true. However, one must think about how there are probably lots of different examples of how this is not necessarily completely the case as well.
Gladwell is Brilliant5/17/2005
The book is fantastic and Gladwell reads with energy and passion. Some audiobooks will put you to sleep with their dull monotonous readers. Not this one. Highly recommended!
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