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By Madeleine L. Van Hecke

A girl making plans a cocktail party calls a connoisseur caterer and learns that 'Chateaubriand' will be ordered. To which she responds, 'No, thank you. we'll look after the wine ourselves'. The lifeless silence on the finish of the telephone is her first clue that whatever is amiss. A CEO makes an attempt to place an finish to proceedings from staff in regards to the demeaning behaviour of convinced managers by means of berating the managers ahead of the workers - therefore reinforcing the very behaviour he is attempting to right. we frequently criticise such incidents with feedback 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 greater be defined as blind spots. simply because the blind spot within the driver's part reflect can swallow up a passing automobile, styles within the manner we expect can likewise develop into blind spots, sifting out info and observations that to other folks appear visible. Drawing on learn in creativity, cognitive psychology, serious pondering, 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: no longer preventing to imagine, leaping to conclusions, my-side bias, getting trapped by means of different types, and masses extra. on the finish of every bankruptcy she deals strategies for overcoming that express blind spot, in an effort to turn into extra artistic and powerfuble thinkers. choked 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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I solved this problem by copying a friend’s period cycle. Whenever she got her period, I pretended to get mine. This worked great, but I still had period envy for almost two years. Then, one day, it actually came! I was sixteen years old. The fabulous period had arrived, and I was sure that I was going to be “in” now. I knew guys would start flocking around me. I was ecstatic. I had been dreaming of this day for such a long time. I reached into my purse and pulled out my longing-to-be-used belt and pad.

So one day, I woke up and decided that it was time to take action. It was time to fake my period. Every week, I walked confidently up to my PE teacher and announced that I needed to be excused. Unfortunately, I really didn’t understand the menstrual cycle; all I knew was that I wanted a period and the boobs that came with it. Eventually, my teacher pulled me aside to tell me I could only be excused for one week every twenty-eight days. I had overused my excuses! I solved this problem by copying a friend’s period cycle.

After much conversation, I whipped out my list of questions, but this doctor had already covered almost everything. Afterward, over lunch, David and I rehashed the interviews, weighing the pros and cons of each doctor. Although tests indicate that I have near perfect hearing, David heard a lot that I missed during these interviews. He was listening intently and was clearly able to recall in detail many differences between these two doctors’ philosophies and styles. My concentration, on the other hand, was impaired by my lack of sleep, by my highly emotional state, and by my nagging desire to rip off my annoying tight pants!

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