Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Quotes from Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

"We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"The power of knowing, in that first two seconds, is not a gift given magically to a fortunate few. It is an ability that we can all cultivate for ourselves." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Having someone you love express contempt toward you is so stressful that it begins to affect the functioning of your immune system." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"It is quite possible for people who have never met us and who have spent only twenty minutes thinking about us to come to a better understanding of who we are than people who have known us for years." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"What people say about themselves can also be very confusing, for the simple reason that most if aren't very objective about ourselves." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"Snap judgments are, first of all, enormously fast: they rely on the thinnest slices of experiences. But they are also unconscious." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way. We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that – sometimes -- we're better off that way." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"What we think f as free will is largely an illusion: much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot and the way we think and act -- and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment -- are a lot more susceptible to outside influence than we realize." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"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." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"We make connections much more quickly between the pairs of ideas that are already related in our minds than we do between pair of ideas that are unfamiliar." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impressions -- we can alter the way we thin-slice --- by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"To be a successful decision maker, we have to edit. When we thin-slice, when we recognize patterns and, make snap judgments, we do this process of editing unconsciously." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"How good people's decisions are under the fast moving, high-stress conditions of rapid cognition is a function of training and rules and rehearsals." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"The problem with market research is that often it is simply too blunt an instrument to pick up the distinction between the bad and the merely different." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Market research isn't always wrong, of course. But testing product ideas that are truly revolutionary is another matter and the most successful companies are those that understand that in those cases, the first impressions of their consumers need interpretation. We like market research because it provides certainty -- a score, a prediction; if someone asks us why we made the decision we did, we can point to a number. But the truth is that fir the most important decisions there can be no certainty." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Our unconscious reactions come out of a locked room, and we can't look inside that room. But with experience we become experts at using our behaviors and our training to interpret -- and decode -- what lies behind our snap judgments and first impressions." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"Whenever we have something that we are good at --- something we care about --- that experience and passion fundamentally change the nature of our first impressions. This does not mean that when we are outside our areas of passion and experience, our reactions are invariably wrong. It just means that they are shallow,. They are hard to explain and easily disrupted. They aren't grounded in real understanding." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"We can all mind-read effortlessly and automatically because the clues we need to make sense of someone or some social situation are right there on the faces of those in front of us." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"Our mind, faced with a life threatening situation, drastically limits the range and amount of information that we have to deal with. Sound and memory and broader social understanding are scarified in favor of heightened awareness of the threat directly in front of us." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

"Every moment-- every blink -- is composed of a series of discreet moving parts and everyone of those parts offer an opportunity for intervention, for reform and for correction." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"From experience, we gain a powerful gift, the ability to act instinctively, in the moment. But it is easy to disrupt." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink) 

 "We live in a world saturated with information. We have virtually unlimited amounts of data at our fingertips at all times and we're well versed in the arguments about the dangers of not knowing enough and not doing our homework. But what I have sensed is an enormous frustration with the unexpected costs of knowing too much, of being inundated with information. We have come to confuse information with understanding." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

"We know that what we see -- particularly when it is the color of someone's skin, or gender or age --- does not always aid understanding. Sometimes we can make better judgments with less information." ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Blink)

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