There’s a great blog post from Seth Godin, The opposite of ‘defenseless’ which concludes with the radical sounding thought: “Defenseless is the best choice for those seeking to grow.” I couldn’t agree more, except for one thing, in reality maybe life doesn’t work like that?
I know what I’m talking about, I’ve used that method to grow. So while in abstract it’s true, in reality if you follow that method you’re going to be assaulted and undermined by people who just want the well-trodden path of life.
Of course maybe that’s just why the method works, it encourages people to attack and criticize you when you are defenseless, and in turn that gives you the fuel for grow. You just have to ‘hang on in there’.
Reading this piece from Peter Adam on the use of thinslicing this morning in in-game decision making it was useful to note that thinslicing works best when the information being analysed is bounded, that is when there is a ‘yes/no’ choice for the subconscious brain:
“The human brain is fantastic at providing answers to complex yes/no questions quickly, but it starts to break down when the questions being presented are unbounded.*Gladwell provides many examples in Blink of complex snap decisions being made correctly when phrased as yes or no questions.”
In addition in comments there appears to be 3 useful books worth following up on in this field:
1. Art of Learning by Josh Waitzin (a seminal work in the search for competence and mastery for me – I lend both my copies out frequently)
2. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer (influenced Gladwell’s Blink heavily)
3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (these last two books are almost a point-counterpoint view of decision heuristics, and without either being right or wrong you get a more holistic view of the decision-making progress)