In this breakthrough bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made 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? Blink 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 "thin-slicing"--filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
My key Takeaways from “Blink, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell
Takeaway #1 Trust Your Gut Feeling
We've all heard that saying, and both followed it and dismissed it but it's true, your intuitive judgments aka your gut feelings, are often superior to your conscious or rational thoughts and feelings, and are much faster too. Snap decisions, where you don't quite know why you thought, said, or did something are to be honored rather than distrusted and if you look closely you'll realize you make more of them than you think, but rationalize them later!
Thoughtfulness is indeed a virtue, just not when it comes to making decisions as the more you think about something, the harder it is to make the 'right' decision as you get lost in too much information that's not important and that makes you miss the key to the answer. However, when we make a split decision, our brain sifts through the important and unimportant information in a flash whilst also picking up on crucial indicators that the rational part of the brain misses.
Takeaway #2 Stress & Prejudice Play Havoc On Our Judgment
Most people can recognize if someone is happy, sad, or angry due to their facial expression, the exception being people with autism. In the same way that autistic people cannot read peoples expressions or pick up on their feelings, stress renders non-autistic people temporarily blind in their judgments as they go into tunnel vision mode, only able to focus on 1 thing, 1 threat, and overlook the bigger picture. The only way to fix stress is to slow down.
Prejudice and stereotyping are other issues that hamper our judgment. Racial prejudices are deeply ingrained in people, most of the time without them even realizing it, which influences their thoughts and behavior and affects their judgment. To fix this and strengthen your instinct you must go to new places, meet new people, and experience new things.
Takeaway #3 Avoid Bad Snap Decisions By Ignoring All Information
There will be times when you've made a snap decision, followed your gut, and it's backfired on you making you wish you'd thought carefully about the situation before diving straight in. So what went wrong? You picked up on misguided information, most often caused by prejudice. By deliberately ignoring certain thoughts and feelings, the information that is not relevant or helpful, we can come to the right decision that's right for us in that moment.