Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

I just finished Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. 4 out of 5 points. You can read Malcolm’s review of his own book as well as some background information about it by clicking on the red title in this post. Basically, it is a book about snap judgments and rapid cognition. The first 2 seconds or your initial reaction can be trusted. The tagline for the book is The power of thinking without thinking. The book is well researched, but Malcolm is journalist, not a scientist. I thought it was interesting to find the book in the Psychology section, but it’s not really about Psychology although there’s Psychological research in the book. I recommend the book, but it’s an overview of rapid cognition much more than an instruction manual for it.

6 Comments

  1. I have heard some talks about it – given by Malcolm. I’m working on another one. I’ll get to it soon. If you want the talks, I can get those to you. Let me know.

  2. I have heard many people, including academics, express surprise about Malcolm Gladwell’s work being listed as psychology but his work deals with so much literature from basic psychology it might as well be. Although “Tipping Point” is usually in the business section (in bookstores I have visited). I don’t know in what category they will place “Outliers.” It has more of a self-help feel to it.

    1. I have enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s writings, and I enjoy his talks even more. He does write in many fields, and there’s a little part of me (the academician) that wants to see the sources. I want to see the statistics and the literature review, but that’s not the point of his writing. Like you have observed, Tipping Point is usually in the business section and Blink in the pscyhology section. The book store where I bought Bling had Outliers in the psych section as well.
      Thanks for the comment.

  3. I think this one is good,,I’ve been wanting to read his stuff(specially this latest one “outliers”)..I don’t know,, I’m stuck into this habit right now of starting off to read something and then suddenly jumping into another one. Any books you can recommend about quarter life crisis? 🙂

    1. Christine – How are you? Thanks for checking out some of my ideas. There are a couple of talks out there that Malcolm does on Outliers, and he gives you enough of the information in these talks. You should download some of them. If you have itunes, do a search for Malcolm Gladwell, and you’ll see that there are a few videos of him. Download those before you buy any of the books. He also has a talk on ted.com if you want to search for him there as well.
      There is a book called Quarter Life Crisis, but I’m not sure I would suggest it or buy it. You don’t need a book to help you with your quarter life crisis – you can just message me and I’ll help you.

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