Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things by Madeleine L. Van Hecke PDF

By Madeleine L. Van Hecke

ISBN-10: 1591025095

ISBN-13: 9781591025092

A lady making plans a cocktail party calls a connoisseur caterer and learns that 'Chateaubriand' will be ordered. To which she responds, 'No, thank you. we will look after the wine ourselves'. The useless silence on the finish of the telephone is her first clue that anything is amiss. A CEO makes an attempt to place an finish to proceedings from staff in regards to the demeaning behaviour of sure managers via berating the managers earlier than the workers - hence reinforcing the very behaviour he is attempting to right. we regularly criticise such incidents with comments like 'How dumb!' or 'What was once he thinking?'. yet psychologist Madeleine L Van Hecke argues that a lot of what we label stupidity can higher be defined as blind spots. simply because the blind spot within the driver's part reflect can swallow up a passing vehicle, styles within the means we expect can likewise turn into blind spots, sifting out details and observations that to people appear noticeable. Drawing on examine in creativity, cognitive psychology, severe considering, baby improvement, schooling, and philosophy, Dr Van Hecke exhibits how our resources as thinkers create the very blind spots that develop into our worst liabilities. She devotes a bankruptcy to every of ten psychological blind spots that afflict even the neatest humans: now not preventing to imagine, leaping to conclusions, my-side bias, getting trapped through different types, and masses extra. on the finish of every bankruptcy she bargains strategies for overcoming that express blind spot, so they can develop into extra artistic and useful thinkers. filled with humorous, poignant tales approximately human foibles, "Blind Spots" bargains many insights for bettering our social and political lives whereas giving us clean slants into the minds of people that are poles except ourselves.

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These are the rights of all human beings. I know that not everyone can access these rights and there are many who can, but choose not to. Wants and needs exist in us all. Some people find it difficult to decide between these. Some do not consider others. Some choose to hold on to the rubbish in their lives (bad attiudes; hurtful behaviour). Unfortunately this is their right, the right to reject good things and keep only garbage in their building. I like the smell of good things more than the smell of rubbish, how about you?

These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Then, armed with the answers, you can put together a plan that enables you to erect a room for your dreams to become a reality. Hopes Hopes can be a bit like dreams. However, they may be more like a ‘want’ or a ‘need’. It can be difficult to define a ‘hope’. My dictionary says, ‘to wish for or look forward to what one anticipates or expects’. For example, I hope my friend will come to dinner; I hope that I don’t get a ‘cold’ from the person on the bus; I hope that the rain will stop; I hope I can see the kingfisher near the lake, and so on.

So, it’s a good idea to be able to keep your book or sheet of paper safe, and in a place where you can easily find it again, if you need to. Down the centre of the page draw a line that divides one side from the other. Then, at the top of the page write the words ‘building requirements’. Under this general heading write the word ‘needs’ on the left-hand side and ‘wants’ on the right hand side. Under the word ‘needs’ make a list of what you think are essential things to have in your building, for example, rooms, doors, windows, power sockets, plumbing, and so on (see below).

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