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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
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Sep 20, 2011

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bookshelves: psychology, non-fiction

This is a really engaging read for the first third or so of the book. After that it started getting repetitive. Actually the last part was probably OK but around the middle he does start to lose himself making the same point over and over. I get the impression he would be a really annoying dinner party guest. But I do recommend the book for the actual science it puts behind the mind's ability to make instantaneous decisions, and also fully illuminating us on exactly how and when those instantaneous decisions can let us down. I can really relate to this as I do recruitment as part of my professional life and I do find myself making instantaneous decisions that I subsequently try to talk myself out of during the course of an hour interview. The caution would be if they are good looking, tall and have a commanding voice - be very suspect of your instant decision. Also take a look around your office, how many executives are tall - that's an amazing genetic advantage they have there.

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