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How To Have A Beautiful Mind

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  958 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Despite the modern day emphasis on physical appearance, there is an easier way to become a desirable person rather than dieting or buying expensive clothes. Regardless of outer appearance, if people have minds thatare fascinating, creative, and exciting—if they aregood thinkers—they can be beautiful. The clear, practical instructions in this guide demonstrate how applying ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Ebury Press (first published 2004)
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Zulhilmi Ghouse
The title says it all. It's good, but I approached the book in the wrong way (I read it like a novel), and that's not how it's supposed to be read, since not all of the chapters were relevant to me. A tip: Get a highlighter and as you go, highlight the parts which you think you could improve your mind with. That way, you'll be more focused on what you need to do. You may find it a little bit boring sometimes (As I did, hence why it took 5 months to finish reading) because you're very likely to h ...more
اممم، ربما أنسب وصف للكتاب هو: دليل عالمي لإتيكيت التعامل مع الآخرين عقليا. إذ أن الكاتب عمل على تسليط الضوء على عدة جوانب و مهارات تتطلب توظيف العقل و حرص على شرح الطريقة الأنسب للتصرف في تلك المواقف مع تقديم أمثلة و طرق عملية لتطبيق ما يدعو إليه. كما تتسم لغة الكتاب باليسر و السهولة مما قد يجعله مرجع مناسب لاستقاء المحتويات التعليمية في دروس اللغة.

مما تناوله الكتاب: كيف تتفق مع غيرك، كيف تعارض رأي غيرك، كيف تختلف عن غيرك، البدائل، القيم، الأسئلة، و غيرها كثير. و أظنه يكون مناسبا جدا في فهم الس
" A beautiful body and a beautiful face without a beautiful mind can be boring. A beautiful mind without a beautiful body or a beautiful face can still be attractive. "

This statements that made me take the book from the shelf of the library and buy it.
I allowed to myself to read it very slowly to take as benefits as I can, I realize that the writer is right about the bald man who has an attractive mind while the beautiful women was boring bcos she had a boring mind.

After I read half the book I
A more appropriate title might have been "Conversation by Numbers". I found the tone of the book to be very assertive, as if becoming a great conversationalist is just a matter of following his formula. Or it could've been the fact that as an audiobook it sounds like a series of instructions.

Despite the direct delivery and a bit of self-promotion, I found De Bono's insights generally quite helpful. He makes some astute observations about different attitudes to conversation: as an argument, as e
If this guy could write one page without mentioning how successful and amazing he himself is, then maybe I could find some useful content. The parts of the book where he isn't talking about himself or his method are full of trite rubbish suitable for pseudointellectuals. It contains such observations as "On the whole, music is more uplifting than art" and "raw experiences are like raw meat, which is fine for those who like it". The entire book is written with like this!

Why would someone read th
If only the apparent beauty could take us to every possible height in life, words and mind would just be like silent companion. Yes, the beauty lies in a pure wisdom. But what happens when the mind is an empty bowl! Humans can please others in many ways. It is true that what is seen is always appealing and catches the eye of others. Hence, the ugliness is criticized. In such a case, how long the made- up doll beauty would last long, sense of humour will be judged later. . Edward de Bono is neith ...more
Jana Elston

How to have a beautiful mind was a very interesting book to read. It included many interesting concepts about thinking. I learned a great deal from this book however I've found it is difficult to read right through as so much information required time to absorb. My suggestion is to read a section of it at a time, go away to practice it and I come back and read another section. This book would make an ideal reference to keep to refer to time after time. Enjoy!
Read up to pg 90 & skimmed (with the occasional skipping of complete paragraphs ;p) through the rest.

To sum this book up.. All are different, we don't need to fully agree with each other .. All we need is to try and understand and respect one another
Why it had to be stretched out into a 240 page book GOD KNOWS!!


The 1 star rating was for the pretty book cover.
Rajbir Singh
So far i'm loving this book. Without reviewing away the spoilers, i must say that this book enhances your interaction levels. In the first quarter chapters there is this scene the writer is narrating. It's about a Lady in a party which has all the glamour in her but still, she is not able to get the center of attraction which she is in desperately seeking for. And there is this snobby little 80's looking guy who is the audacious of the whole festa.
In other words Edward De Bono's How To Have A
Taymara Jagmohan
Was this a long one? The print was small, and I rolled my eyes on some wild ideas.. haha!

It was a step-by-step approach; focusing mainly on listening. :)

Listening is the safest little notion. True? Yes, but sometimes people do not ever speak, and you do get weary venting your ideas. haha! Guess it is like a hot air balloon! :D

air meets air- only one is dense (hahahhahahahahhaha) :D

What do we know?
What do we need to know?
What is missing?
What questions should we ask?
How might we get the informati
Juliana Es
This book reforms our school of thinking, in order to improve our communication skill.

There are various aspects presented, and some of them have been introduced by De Bono before, such as 6 thinking hats and parallel thinking.

After each topic, summarized points are listed for quick reference.

A great book for everyone, especially those involved in public relations and public speaking.
Shahad Al Melhem

It has been a while since I last read a book that actually taught me something valuable.

Yes the title is cheesy, but its worth reading! It teaches you the art of negotiation, how to hold effective meetings, and to remember that we all have different experiences, therefore different perspectives.

The examples used in the book are also interesting and funny!
I found most of this book to be a bit boring amd like duh! And also I found a lot of the time de bono to seem arrogant. I.e. "this super amazing thing was invented. Now im not saying it directly resulted from this, but I did have the idea first." I was like 'yes. Every good idea came from you. i suppose you came up with the wheel too'.

If you can get past this. The book itself has useful suggestions for a generation forgetting the art of conversation. I myself found the teachings around STARTING
Judging from the title, one thinks that this book is an aid to social conversation, unfortuntely it is not. However it helps with regards to discussing topics in general. It has a few good tips, but alot of it is a repetition of segments of De Bono's other books. One also gets the feeling that many of the examples are a generation too old.
Firas Addas
Unfortunately, I found this book really boring. There is nothing useful at all. For example, it says, if you want people to like you you must talk sometimes about thing they like!!! Really?!?! I mean thats so new I did not know that until I read it :b I could't finish the book and stopped at the middle of it. So I don't recommend it to anyone.
I've always hated the manner in which most discussions take place (the I-know-better-than-you-and-will-not-leave-until-you-think-so-too manner) and this book provides an excellent alternative approach to have an interesting and stimulating conversation. Edward Bono provides some really great tips on how to beautify your mind.
It was so boring I couldn't get past the second chapter. Probably good for someone who has zero understanding of how to have an interesting conversation.
I read this book a couple of years ago. I don't remember much.

I can't revert and see it either, because its at home and I am

2500kms away.
Sham Issa
كتاب مفيد حتماً. يبحث في المسلمات لدينا أحياناً، ويكشف لنا ما يمكن تغييره، لحياة أفضل مع الآخرين.
Amiruddin Nagri
Jul 30, 2007 Amiruddin Nagri marked it as to-read
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Want to read this book so desperately !!!
Saurabh Singh
An interesting read. A lot of points to ponder. Though discreet but entertaining.

Edwards talks about things many of us our already aware of, consciously or sub-consciously. Going through the writings one becomes certain that indeed our own thoughts are way more practical than we think they are. Reading the book is just like speaking our mind aloud.

Learned about the six hats technique, how to listen, interrupt, agree, disagree, ask questions, and speak in a pleasing and an obvious non irritating
Farhan Khalid
To be always right is not important

Have an opinion not oppose others opinions

Compromise not conflict

Take interest and be interesting

No consensus is wastage of time


Ask questions

Give choices

Let others speak


Have a backup plan

Values determine our decision and preferences

Humor is a key element

Be informative

Be ready to change an opinion

Interference is an uncivilized act

Personality and attitude run parallel

Have a learning, creative, constructive and fun attitude
There is a mixed approach used in this book: in a way, it is outlining ways of thinking yet in another way, it tells us how to make our conversation more interesting and ultimately, beautiful.

From the title, I initially thought this is a book about thinking, solely thinking. However, I was pretty puzzled when I start to read the book; it mentions mainly how to converse with others, how not to be boring in a conversation and many more tips that can make you a better conversationalist.

Despite that
David Roberts
The book I read to research this post was How To Have A Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bono which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. Edward did host a mini series on television called Edward de Bono's Thinking Course which was mostly teaching lateral thinking and creativity. In this book he looks at techniques to develop your mind and personality. To a varying degree that you are stuck with what you were born with when it comes to looks but your mind can be improved in an infinite way. ...more
Anoop Warrier
The title attracts you pick this book but the content is not the same which it projects.
This book is about creating a beautifuk mind while we are in conversation with others.
i e " How to make your conversations beautiful " with theory and practical examples.
You may get something from this for sure but not wothy for the time we spend on this one.
not to be read from cover to cover.
different chapters not really related to each other.
choose whatever chapter u want to read.

to read a book as thick as this just to have a beautiful mind? no way. it is THICK, the fonts are so small, i get bored easily.

urm, the point of this book is, ermm, i dont know

i bought at bargain shop for 1 dollar, and because i was attracted to the fancy cover. later i will update if i really "read" this book.
Mohammad Alshahrani
Beautifully written, clear and concise. Powerful, yet simple, ideas on how you should think, talk, communicate, and even feel. You might think most of the advice in the book is common sense, but as you go in life you will come across many people who need those principles. I think this book, or any similar book on the same subject, should be a part of school curriculum.
This books gives pointers on how to be an interesting conversationalist. Ironically conversation is something that is rare these days...People are now apt to converse with the little gadget in the palm rather than the person in front of him/her. I think this is what Dr Edward has not addressed in his book. How to get people away from the gadgets and talk to the real person. Aside from this, the book is chockful of tips and guidance on how to carry a conversation. The good dr also provide a packa ...more
Karen Sutanto
I don't think you're meant to read this like a novel so instead I just read the topics and areas that I was more interested in. I don't usually read non-fiction books but this one was alright.
Faten Farid
this is nice book teaches you how to organize your thinking. this book teaches you principal but need more to practice. the great advantage to that book is its easy English languague
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Edward de Bono is a British physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and the leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.
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