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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

de Malcolm Gladwell

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In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.… (més)

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Why do I pick up this book: I got this book as a gift.

Before penning down my thoughts, I Googled about the reviews of this book - at the time of this writing, the average rating on Goodreads was 4.03. Here, the average rating is slightly lower than Goodreads, but it's still at 3.79, with majority rated either a 4.0 or 3.0.

What does that tell me about what strangers think of the book? Gladwell will say "Whatever I think, don't count on it as they are strangers". I mean he might say that. I mean, Gladwell is a stranger to me too right? This sums up the key premise of this book - "don't get carried away with your assumptions about strangers". I didn't look for the average rating to make this point - but I started my review with this little story because I thought it seemed fitting.

In this book, Gladwell dissected a number of case studies and scandals that had controversies over the decades (some spanning centuries) to make his case - that it really is hard to make sense of strangers' behavior and it is too easy for our bias and assumption get in the way, strangers and friends alike. Not that assumptions are necessarily a bad thing, but it's probably good that we are more aware of this tendency - reinforcing the idea that we should give our thoughts more benefit of doubt and empathy when dealing with people. Real life is not an episode of CSI, Brooklyn 99 or Friends. The other takeaway is giving more consideration of people's (and your own) behaviors according to the context. With certain circumstances and conditions, comes opportunities - a perfect stage scene for coupling behaviors as with Plath's suicide or Bland's death.

Personally, I would not have pick up this book had it not been a gift and I am waiting for my new e-reader. While I got some key takeaways that changed my perspectives, it's hard to like this book for the case studies Gladwell chose mix in many other factors that make it difficult to focus what the key points are by the time you finish the chapter. Overall though, I did learn something new from this book, in spite it being a bit hard to follow at times. ( )
  my_notes | Feb 28, 2021 |
I 'read' this as an audiobook [Gladwell narrating] and found it interesting and engaging. It focuses on the issues people have talking with strangers [he used the word 'to' which isn't quite the same] and some pitfalls over the years of how we relate to strangers, with examples of the Amanda Knox case and the Sandra Bland tragedy. Worth spending some time with it again. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Feb 20, 2021 |
We usually assume the best of people we don't know and that usually works for us. Until it doesn't. ( )
  mojomomma | Dec 31, 2020 |
Written in his typical storytelling style, Malcolm Gladwell examines a police incident to see why and how we struggle to understand and relate to strangers. It covers a lot of ground in many different areas. It is interesting and confronting in places. If you liked his previous books then this one is worth reading, ( )
  Neale | Dec 31, 2020 |
What I love about Gladwell is his ability to distill these oddball human behaviors down to a solid, plausible explanation that you never hear mentioned. And he does it in such a way that you almost feel stupid for not seeing it yourself. It’s a good book. Worth a read. Definitely has Malcolm’s voice all over it. I could hear him reading it to me in my head as if in a podcast. If you’re a Gladwell fan, this one won’t disappoint. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
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In July 2015, a young African American woman named Sandra Bland drove from her hometown of Chicago to a little town an hour west of Houston, Texas.
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"Trying to get information out of someone you are sleep-depriving is sort of like trying to get a better signal out of a radio that you are smashing with a sledgehammer...."
In his book Why Torture Doesn't Work, neuroscientist Shane O'Mara writes that extended sleep deprivation "might induce some form of surface compliance"—but only at the cost of "long-term structural remodeling of the brain systems that support the very functions that the interrogator wishes to have access to."
And of every occupational category, poets have far and away the highest suicide rates—as much as five times higher than the general population.
Sherman crunched the numbers and found something that seemed hard to believe: 3.3 percent of the street segments in the city accounted for more than 50 percent of the police calls.
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In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.

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