Over the summer, I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoyed reading it and thought I would read another one of his books, Blink. In this book, Gladwell tells us about the unconscious part of our brain. Throughout the book, he stresses its importance and how it could be used to our benefit if properly controlled. He also explains how using our unconscious thinking could give us the same results as our conscious thinking but much faster  if we understand how we could control it. The entire book is comprised of examples on how the unconscious part of our brain, if controlled, could aid us throughout our daily lives to make thoughts and decisions accurately and quickly. To give the readers a better understanding on how we could use the unconscious part of our brain, Gladwell included examples of both good and bad outcomes of using our unconscious thinking. In order to control our unconscious thoughts, however, Gladwell points out that we must first master the skill to ignore stereotypes, assumptions, and other obstacles from our brains when using our unconscious thinking. Without doing this first, your unconscious thinking and "mind reading" could possibly end up in complete disaster.

 

To me, the book itself was slightly boring because of its length and huge emphasis on the topic (I felt like it was over emphasized at certain parts of the book.), but it was still quite interesting to read. It has various examples on how we could apply unconscious thinking to our lives in an effective manner and has informed me of things that go on in our brain that I was never aware of before.

 

After reading Blink, I've began wondering how our brain and thoughts operate more often than before. It has made me more interested in psychology and has introduced me to some new topics. For those of you that are interested in psychology or have read other books by Malcolm Gladwell, you would probably enjoy this book.

 

So, do you plan on reading this book?

Or if you have read it, what are your thoughts on the book?

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Comment by Josh Darling on February 20, 2012 at 1:15pm

Hey! My name is Josh! Im from Carbondale Community High School. I have not read this book, but i do find the topic interesting, and even though it all does a bit deap and maybe a little boring, listening to Skrillex while reading your blog post really seemed to lighten the complexity of the topic that the book covers. I do think that it sounds like a book that i wouldn't generally choose to read unless i was just feeling really smart. But i think that the clearity behind you post, the subject (kind of) and the music playing in my ears as i read it, has kinda made me rethink this. I think I might read it! I do agree with Komal in that based off of what you emphasized in your summary, it seems a bit repetitive. So this might effect the outcome of my decision whether or not I want to read it or not. 

Anyway over all, it was a good post. It was clear. It gave me a good, solid idea as to what blink is about. Well done! 

Comment by Ashley Krippinger on February 20, 2012 at 11:13pm

I have also read Outliers and after reading your book review, I'm very interested to read Blink as well! I was especially interested in what you said about how Gladwell says that in order to control our unconscious thoughts, we must ignore stereotypes and assumptions. When you really think about that, it makes perfect sense. You gave a great summary on the book without giving too much away, and it is a very convincing post to get others to read this book as well.

Comment by Jaimie Chung on February 25, 2012 at 12:58am

I think the book sounds very interesting to read. It sounds very psychological and because I want to major in psychology this book sparks an interest to me. The book sounds a bit boring because it sounds technical and logical, but i would love to hear what this person has to say about unconscious thinking. There so many parts of our brain that we cannot use or trigger, and to hear that this author has something to say on how to trigger some part of our mind and use it. How awesome would that be! I think you did a great job on summarzing the book but not giving to much away. I hope to read this book sometime in the future and thanks for sharing!

Comment by Macie Wheeler on February 27, 2012 at 11:12pm

Hi! I'm Macie from Carbondale Community High School. Your blog was very interesting to me! I have always been intrigued by the human brain. Wondering why we can only use 10% of it. What are the capibilities of the other 90%. It seems like this book really covers a lot of my questions. I am looking into reading this book.

Comment by Gracie Nicole Hildebrandt on February 28, 2012 at 2:30pm

Hey, I'm Gracie from CCHS! It was very interesting to read your blog and even though you've conveyed that the book has some boring spots; it seems as though it would be quite interesting to read it. When you were talking about the way we should control our unconcious thinking it made complete sense. If I understood you correctly, you were saying that the thoughts we think unconciously can effect the choices we make in our real lives. Controlling your thoughts can be difficult at times but your mind and life will be more productive if you do. I find myself interested in psycology but at the same time, it can be a creepy subject when you start thinking of the psychological disorders that people can have without even noticing.

Comment by jacob garwin on February 29, 2012 at 12:11am

This sounds like a very interesting read. I myself am particularly interested becasue i have always had a deep curiosity for the brain and how it works. It is all just so crazy. for example, the book you described above talks about unconscious thoughts and how to take advantage of them but as soon as you acknowledge those thoughts, they cease to be unconscious and enter the realm of consciousness. can you really be conscious of unconscious thoughts? is that even possible? i believe the answer is there is no such thing as unconscious thoughts because if it is a thought then you must be thinking it and therfore acknowledging it, making it conscious. Think about that.

Comment by Zach Tripp on February 29, 2012 at 5:44pm

Hi, I'm Zach from CCHS. This book sounds very interesting. I have always been interested in how the brain works and especially how they say we only use 10% of our brains or whatever percentage it is. I always thought of the possibilities we could have if we could harness the other part of our brain. If you liked the book i suggest you watch the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper. It is sorta like this book i'm guessing only he takes a pill that lets him access the rest of his brain. It is somewhat of a action movie but if really got me thinking on how cool it would be to be able to access all our brains. I also had the question of Jacob Garwin and wondering how a unconscious thought works and i'm wondering if the book answers that question?

Comment by Jack Bryant on February 29, 2012 at 9:43pm

This book sounds very intriguing to me because I myself have wondered this exact thing of how the brain actually works and how much more we would be able to do. This is a very argumentative topic that you could talk about for a while. Although the author said that you could do so much more if you were able to access all of your brain if you think about it then that means you would also have to constantly think about the essential things your body does that you usually don't have to think about i.e. breathing. But my class mate Zach Tripp recommended watching Limitless which is based off this idea. I have wanted to see Limitless for a while now and maybe ill get a better understanding for this topic if i do watch it. But i could definitely see myself reading this book in the future!

Comment by Hannah Evelyn Gray on February 29, 2012 at 11:24pm
Hi I'm Hannah from Carbondale High School. I have always had a deep interest in psychology and the way the brain works. Whenever you were younger and always did those tests to see what side of you brain you were dominant in I always found them so fun to do. It's weird to think that we have such a big brain and only use a small portion of it. It makes me want to know more about what the rest of the brain does and the purpose of why. If I read this book I would probably constantly be thinking about what my brain was doing in class and why and would never be able to focus on class! When you talk about over emphasizing, I can understand completely what you're saying. It seems like serious repititon takes over and all you can think is, "didn't I read this already?". Sometimes it is affective but sometimes it gets old and you just begin to ignore it. The most intense account of over epmhasizing I have had was with my drivers Ed book. I know it's not a real story but I don't think I have ever felt like I read something so many times as that. Is the the kind of effect that your book had on you?
Comment by Hannah Evelyn Gray on May 9, 2012 at 11:54pm
Hi I'm Hannah from Carbondale High School. I have always had a deep interest in psychology and the way the brain works. Whenever you were younger and always did those tests to see what side of you brain you were dominant in I always found them so fun to do. It's weird to think that we have such a big brain and only use a small portion of it. It makes me want to know more about what the rest of the brain does and the purpose of why. If I read this book I would probably constantly be thinking about what my brain was doing in class and why and would never be able to focus on class! When you talk about over emphasizing, I can understand completely what you're saying. It seems like serious repititon takes over and all you can think is, "didn't I read this already?". Sometimes it is affective but sometimes it gets old and you just begin to ignore it. The most intense account of over epmhasizing I have had was with my drivers Ed book. I know it's not a real story but I don't think I have ever felt like I read something so many times as that. Is the the kind of effect that your book had on you?

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