For me this book was a highly useful part of the course and advanced my understanding of the nervous system’s relationship with behavior and identity.This book describes the moments in which we make split-second decisions and judgments, for example in forming impressions and evaluations of people.He calls this process “thin slicing,” or the extraction of a pattern that may be used to derive reliable predictors of how that construct will behave later and thus how to react to it accordingly.These signatures or “fists” do not include other irrelevant information that may actually complicate the accuracy of a judgment or the appropriateness of a decision.It provides insight into mechanisms functioning below the level of consciousness that guide much of our behavior.
The key is to rely on our “adaptive unconscious”–a 24/7 mental valet–that provides us with instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, read a stranger, or react to a new idea.
In my book, Blind Spots, I suggest tactics to help one make better decisions because they help sidestep the pitfalls that our blind spots keep us from seeing.
While some “blink” decisions can be on target when they’re based on our expertise, they don’t always serve us well, for two reasons.
If you have even an inkling of interest in psychology or how the brain works, you will like this book.
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