Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
By Malcolm Gladwell
Little, Brown and Co., 2005. 277 pgs. Nonfiction
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell examines how we think without thinking. Often we seem to make a choice in the blink of an eye, but it's really not that simple. He also examines why some people are so good at these gut decisions while others struggle and end up making horrible choices. He uses the examples of a renowned psychologist who is able to predict the success of a marriage by observing a few minutes of conversation, the art experts who can recognize a fake after a brief glance, and the tragic shooting of Amadou Diallo by police.
Malcolm Gladwell's books are guaranteed to make you think differently about life. I had never really thought much about why and how I make decisions. It was fascinating to learn how quickly our brains can interpret fleeting facial expression and also how much of our choices are based on quick judgements and predetermined stereotypes.