Book Review: Blink ~Malcolm Gladwell
I was on a trip and wandering through a bookstore and saw the stocker setting up the book Blink. I just knew I wanted this book and it would make a difference to me. I first thought the title was perfect and then I just thought someone named Gladwell would be ….well….Glad and do that feeling positively – well.
I bought the book and read it cover to cover on the plane home. I was drawn in and fascinated by the concepts and ideas shared in this book. I firmly believe that marketing has such a huge manipulation factor as do speeches and environments.
I know that I spend considerably less money at the grocery store if I make a list and stick closely to it and the amount I have budgeted for the effort. If I just go shopping as an entertainment experience, I always seem to purchase something I don’t want and then feel badly that I spent my money.
Yes, occasionally I do discover a “find” that provides the perfect delight, but that is getting harder and harder to experience and more often I come away feeling that I was “roped in and a producer’s dream”.
I detest the feeling of having been manipulated. I am upset when I discover people voted because of a “sound bite” or a “tradition” and not because they thought about it and were knowledgeable. I do not wish to be stuck in some circumstance or with some law which takes my life away from living my values.
Blink has changed my understanding and helped me not get into situations where I am feeling manipulated, it has provided insight into my actions and reactions and that feels powerful.
How do you power up your thinking?
What is your response when you feel manipulated?