Essay on The Blink By Malcolm Gladwell

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In the Blink written by Malcolm Gladwell creates very fascinating terminologies to describe split-second processes that the human mind undergoes to make important decisions. One of the terms that he uses in a Blink is “Thin-slicing”. Malcolm Gladwell defines this term as “the ability of our consciousness to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience”(23). What this means is your brain is able to “subconsciously gathers the necessary information for sophisticated Judgments”(23) from previous experience. In the Blink, Gladwell presents many examples to make you fully understand the meaning of thin-slicing and when It takes place. Also, in our lives, we use thin-slicing in are daily basis, but we do not know when thin-slicing takes place.After reading this book it made me properly understand this terminology.
Thin-slicing lets us judge other people in our first impression but it might or might not be true. When you see a new person with your friends or at work, you look at his/her actions or what he is wearing to judge that person in a split second. From your past experience with other people, thin-slicing helps you decide what kind of person he is even though, he could be a totally different person. In the Blink Gladwell says, “Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impression by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions”(97). In the Blink,…

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