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The first definitive book exploring the science of self-awareness, the meta-skill of the 21st century, Insight is a fascinating journey into everyone's favorite topic: themselves.

Do you know who you really are? Do you ever wonder how other people really see you? Though we are usually confident that we do, we are wrong more often than we think. And if we could see ourselve
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Crown Business
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Andrew
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: utilitas, 01
An excellent apologia for performance review, not an account of the science of self-awareness as claimed in the blurb. This is not Thinking, Fast and Slow for self-awareness.

If you live in the USA, are a managerial worker, and want to get more out of performance reviews then you will get a lot out of this book. Otherwise, if you hoped to learn something about the science of self-awareness, then you will likely be disappointed, because after reading this book I still do not know what that means a
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Frances
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised with the writing. When I raised this at Bookclub, it sounded like everyone else was flabbergasted by this opinion, but I stand by my point as the nearest comparison to a similar book is still that DREADFUL book about Drowning or Grief or whatever. Ugh.

This would have likely earned a 4th star had she not chosen to refer to people as unicorns. But for the most part, her non-original reorganization of recognized neurological-psychology was actually pretty
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Robin
I'm a sucker for these books. Let's acknowledge that up front. I'm a career management nerd, so I'm all about books that deal with making yourself a more effective person in whatever field you apply your energies to. There are so many books out there targeted at people looking for this kind of advice, and many of them are abysmally bad. This one's not! It is occasionally deeply irritating, yes. Whomever picks this book up from the little free lending library in which I eventually leave it may ra ...more
Arlena
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Insight
Author: Tasha Eurich
Publisher: Crown Business
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life" by Tasha Eurich

My Thoughts....

This was definitely a wonderful read for anyone wanting to increase their self awareness through scientific finding and some authentic stories that will definitely help in the way you may be perceived. The read will help one in asking the questi
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David Smith
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is...wow.

I came across this book from a post, shared on LinkedIn, by Susan Cain, author of Quiet. I read the post and immediately found out about Tasha's book and ordered it. This is one of the best investments in a book I've ever made.

It so happened that I was in the middle of a performance appraisal where I work, and it was not clear to me that I would be successful in completing it and getting my contract renewed for another year. The principles in this book about how we should
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Cristen
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are books that aren’t meant to be consumed in a few days. To appreciate them, you need to absorb them slowly. That was the case with Tasha Eurich‘s book Insight, which took me almost three months to complete! There’s a small part of me that’s ashamed to admit that. It’s the same part that’s ashamed to admit I liked Waterworld.

The problem was I kept stopping to take notes. Notes! Who the heck does that unless they have to? So much of what Eurich wrote in this book resonated with me. Prior t
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Abhishek Kona
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Modern life and work do not present enough opportunity to develop self awareness. This book helps out with exercises to develop insight into your own personality. The book provides enough studies and research to make the point. The crux of the book is to work on self awareness and actively seeking critical feedback. These are easier said than done though. But it was still interesting and motivating to focus on self awareness. I plan to put a few of the techniques in use.
Michael Huang
Sounds like a thorough analysis of self-awareness and how to increase it.

* Internal self awareness is just know-thyself. External is know how others see you.

* Self-awards requires 7 insights into our own value, passions, aspirations, fit (what environment suits me), internal patterns (how I think and feel in different situations), external reactions (how I reaction in different situations), and impact (my behavior on others).

* There are multiple hurdles to self-awareness: knowledge-, emotional
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Shari (colourmeread)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Shari by: Eileen
3.5/5

Insight provides an essential reminder that we are not as self-aware as we think. Rich with research data and evidence, Insight helps us question and examine our behaviour while offering practical ways on how we can do better. I found this book very eye-opening and it made me question whether I’m as self-aware as I thought I was. I appreciated how the author emphasized that becoming more self-aware is an ongoing process that needs to be checked on regularly, and no one is perfect at it. The
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Valeria Lyalina
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: selfdev
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Christine Yen
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reasons that a critic might hate this book:
- It's very explicit. There are no real analyses about the psychology or the theory or the "science" behind why we are the way we are; it only offers examples of a pathology and some concrete suggestions for paths forward.
- It's full of personal anecdotes and those of "self-awareness unicorns" (which itself might inspire a hearty eyeroll) for the purposes of illustrating a principle
- It summarizes key points at the end of each chapter, in a very workman
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MU
Excellence, excellence, excellence. Please read if you are a person you wants to become a leaders or if you want to coach somebody else to become one, because leadership is not possible without self-awareness, and this book tackles the issue elegantly and thoroughly in a simple and powerful style. After this book, Tasha has become one of my favorite authors after Roy Baumeister and the Heath Brothers. Did I mention you should read the book?
Linda
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Need to read it again - slower. But now I have the picture.
Zohreh Avatefi hafez
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In last year when i start the Yoga classes i don’t know this meditation time can help me to improve my self awareness ,in this book I can find useful advices about that, in other hand this book have good notes about work time.
كتابي خوب درباره خود آگاهي و نياز به آن در فضاهاي كاري
به نظرم روش هاي كاربردي را به صورتي كلاسه شده بيان مي كند.
Claudia Blanton
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review

I find any book that showcases the importance of self-awareness as a part of self-growth, and successful living an important edition to one’s personal library. Some Authors are just better at executing the mission, then others. This one falls more into the latter category.

While the information in Insight is sound and based on a lot of research, I was not so happy about the presentation. Again, as I have mentioned in previous revie
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Georgie Morell
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ayeeeee🔥🔥
Ashlula
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, perception
Great book. This is a book about self improvement and the obstacles to it. It neatly tackles the problem of self-awareness from many vantage points. I especially enjoyed the part where she explains how and why people rather lie to others faces rather than telling the truth and what it costs to all. And also the comparison of being too analytic versus too aloof, both of which make it impossible to improve oneself. A hopeful point is that according to the writer, some of the a.holes in our lives m ...more
Hope
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps us succeed at Work and in Life was recently published this May, 2017. I was first made aware of the book through an article by the New Yorker (if I remember correctly) which spoke about Eurich’s understanding of internal and external self awareness and how we can learn more about it. Considering that I am at a bit of a crossroads in my life at the moment—finished my master’s degree, my birthday is coming up, ...more
Daniel
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
Dr. Eurich makes a very compelling case here for seeking feedback from our direct reports, from peers, and supervisors. She also makes some awesome points about the danger of introspection and rumination. We cannot gain a better understanding of ourselves by just looking within. We have to be humble and look outside of ourselves. And this turns out to be one of the main points of the book, namely, that in order to have true insight, we must have good external self-awareness as well as internal ...more
anthony e.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
meh. some good points, but its list upon list format (3 types of narcissists, or 7 methods to cultivate whatever) gets a little pedantic, and most of the illustrative tales are about business people, which is kinda boring.
Scott Wozniak
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most critical topics and it was handled masterfully. It did more than convince the reader that self-awareness is important (it is and it did that well). It had really good insights on how to actually become more self-aware. Examples: Lots of reflection all by yourself actually shows no improvement on self-awareness. We need structured exercises to push us beyond our well-worn mental paths. We need input from others to reveal blind spots. We need experiences to validate whether ...more
Helen Palmer
I do love a self help book but as with so many this one is too long. Also I really can't stand the examples you know "Linda, a super successful career woman blah, blah" having said that, I skipped the examples and learnt stuff. We are better off if we have a more accurate sense of how we are and how we appear to other people. We are really bad at judging this. We should live by our core values - good idea to write these down and remind ourselves of them if we feel a bit lost. Mindfulness and med ...more
Kelly
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book at a conference at which Tasha Eurich spoke - a very good keynote presentation by the way!

I really took a lot out of this book because Dr. Eurich included so many very actionable "exercises" throughout the book, and hence I was able to apply the contents of the book to myself very immediately and tangibly.

I'm a member of several professional groups here in the Denver area, and after learning Dr. Eurich is based here, going to suggest we have her in to speak at an upcoming ev
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Matthew
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lot of really good information, did seem a tad anecdote heavy (but the ones that seemed superfluous to me, are probably the ones others will remember -- so not the end of the world). And must say the author does a great job of explaining her findings and providing actionable solutions to help people improve themselves.
Peter Mcloughlin
business oriented self-help book. Not bad as such things go and it has some good advice and methods for self-improvement. In this case, developing self-awareness and overcoming our blind spots. Like most self-help books, it has some good stuff if the reader would take it to heart but the reader rarely does. It is what it is.
Shannon Rachel Lee Chaluangco
+ written with good structure
- long winded, anecdotes were boring
Cliff Chew
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I really love this book, in terms of it's (1) depth in discussions on self-awareness, (2) breadth in terms of the different levels of self-awareness (personal self-awareness, awareness of how others think of you, and organizational or team self-awareness), and lastly (3) practical advice on how to go about reaching for these different levels of self-awareness.

I started to practice some of the advice mentioned in this book, and as we are all just works in progress, I do feel myself b
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Karen
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting book overall, lots of useful tidbits and quotes that speak to your inner monologue. Remember though: it's not enough to know you have an inner monologue; you also have to have the will and the skill to understand yourself and how others see you. Life is a journey, and so is self-awareness.

Favourite Quotes:

"The single most important, and yet least examined, determinant of success or failure... is self-awareness."

"The qualities most critical for success in today’s world — things lik
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Curtis
Self-awareness has become somewhat of a buzzword in the business and education sectors. And it seems to make sense. After all, the way we work with others, the way we lead, and the way we work to deliver results all comes back to understanding who we are and how others perceive us. But self-awareness is not simply acquired through a little light introspection and then calling it good. As Tasha Eurich points out in this book, self-awareness is developed and refined over time, and it often involve ...more
Lauren
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, self-help
Every human on earth needs to read this book(!!) since, as Dr Eurich explains, nearly every aspect of our life, from productivity to happiness, benefits from high self-awareness. Your friends, family, coworkers, fellow bus-goers, pets, etc will thank you for it.

So many self-help books are very ‘airy fairy’, as I like to call them, and give some good insights but are often dragged out into an acceptable book length without concrete, actionable information. Eurich’s book gets straight down to busi
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Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author.

INSIGHT is now available for pre-order.

Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013, and has since become a popular resource for managers and executives who want to make their employees happy and produce bottom-line results for their business.
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“With the right approach and a true ongoing commitment, you can foster a culture that encourages communication and feedback at all levels; one where honesty trumps hierarchy and even the lowest-ranking member feels safe putting problems on the table.” 1 likes
“In his book The Telltale Brain, neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran poetically explains: Any ape can reach for a banana, but only humans can reach for the stars. Apes live, contend, breed and die in forests—end of story. Humans write, investigate, and quest. We splice genes, split atoms, launch rockets. We peer upward . . . and delve deeply into the digits of pi. Perhaps most remarkably of all, we gaze inward, piecing together the puzzle of our own unique and marvelous brain . . . This, truly, is the greatest mystery of all.” 0 likes
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