Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
4 stars. I really like it.

tl;dr – Lot of interesting stories to learn a lot of things about how our mind works while making decisions.

My sister, mother and I were having breakfast today morning.
I took a sip of tea – and within half a second my sister asked me “today also you didn’t like my tea?”
“Yes”, I said, “just look at its colour, it doesn’t taste good from its colour itself”
“Mummy,” she said looking towards mother, “from tomorrow you will make tea for your son, he doesn’t like mine”

She knew I didn’t like tea before I said anything – she read my face.

Silvan Tomkins once began a lecture by bellowing, “The face is like the penis!” What he meant was that the face has, to a large extent, a mind of its own. (Location 2515, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

You can hear your voice, but you can’t see your face. If we knew what was on our face, we would be better at concealing it. (Location 2522, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

I almost judged tea without even tasting it. I just made up a story of why I didn’t like it.

We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for. (Location 821, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

All of us do it everyday. We judged things before we should. It is not our fault – this is how we are.

Cheskin believed that most of us don’t make a distinction —on an unconscious level —between the package and the product. The product is the package and the product combined. (Location 1931, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

There are many other great insights in this book.
How autistic mind works vs How normal mind works? And when a normal mind becomes autistic?
How a salesperson without pre-judging his potential client from clothes, holds position of best salesperson since decade?
How quick decisions are different from normal one? And much more.

Ever wonder why you have difficulty in coming up with explanation when you are caught doing things you shouldn’t be doing? Because your heart rate increases.

“After 145,” Grossman says, “bad things begin to happen. Complex motor skills start to break down. Doing something with one hand and not the other becomes very difficult.… At 175, we begin to see an absolute breakdown of cognitive processing.… The forebrain shuts down, and the mid-brain —the part of your brain that is the same as your dog’s (all mammals have that part of the brain) —reaches up and hijacks the forebrain. Have you ever tried to have a discussion with an angry or frightened human being? You can’t do it. … You might as well try to argue with your dog.” (Location 2699, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

A question from this book:
A man and his son are in a serious car accident. The father is killed, and the son is rushed to the emergency room. Upon arrival, the attending doctor looks at the child and gasps, “This child is my son!” Who is the doctor? (Location 1473, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

This is an insight puzzle. It’s not like a math or a logic problem that can be worked out systematically with pencil and paper. The only way you can get the answer is if it comes to you suddenly in the blink of an eye. You need to make a leap beyond the automatic assumption that doctors are always men. They aren’t always, of course. The doctor is the boy’s mother!

When we talk about analytic versus intuitive decision making, neither is good or bad. What is bad is if you use either of them in an inappropriate circumstance. (Location 1747, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)

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