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?