Blink By Malcolm Gladwell Blink

1080 Words5 Pages
In Malcolm Gladwell's novel Blink, the author conveys a message on the significance and power of our snap judgements and split second decisions. He explains the influential strength of our subconscious that controls our intuitions and perceptions that translates into our daily actions. These daily actions occur via thorough thinking or through a simple technique Gladwell calls, “thin-slicing”. Specifically, this technique showcases how an individual can extract in depth details about a situation, only given a snapshot of a given scenario. Gladwell explains, “If he [researcher John Gottman] analyzes an hour of a husband and wife talking, he can predict with 95 percent accuracy whether that couple will still be married fifteen years later. If we watched a couple for fifteen minutes, his success rate is around 90 percent.” From this, Gladwell expands to educate his readers on how to exploit these instincts in order to live our lives more efficiently. Or, in his words, to “think without thinking”. However, Gladwell does outline the dangers of thin slicing when done inaccurately exemplified by fatal police shootings conducted by officers who’ve misjudged a situation such as Amanda Diallo’s case. Additionally, thin-slicing can backlash when individuals are racist or prejudice. Overall, Gladwell provides his readers with a wholesome perspective on thin-slicing before stating his opinion on the benefits and successes of utilizing our natural human intuitions to live more
Get Access