My Subconscious is Ugly
When I picked out this book, I didn’t know it was a mirror in disguise.
Vast shared belief of stereotypes infect society as a pandemic almost incurable. And was I, as I thought to be, above this sickened way of thought? It would appear as not.
My subconscious is ugly but I am not alone. My subconscious is ugly but it is not from my doing.
From a society who accentuates difference and sees similarities as impossible fantasy. Of not fantasy, more so distasteful and inhumane.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell dives deep into the subconscious explaining how snap judgements can be exceedingly helpful as much as insidious. He explains, though, how one can train their subconscious to create greater judgements in moments of urgency as well as the benefit of doing so.
Gladwell also speaks on the ugly side of our vulnerable subconscious, how we unknowingly take on the vast belief of society and act upon them in subtle ways, creating a situations that merely deepen these ugly beliefs.
Throughout, Gladwell also explains ways in which we can maintain greater judgement as well as how to detach ourself from harmful ones.
I’ve never encountered an author who subtly contradicts himself. Before Blink, I fell in love with Talking to Strangers, which, by contrast, spoke on the notion that our subconscious judgements that often come to us about strangers can be quite wrong in immensely terrible ways.
Blink, though, speaks more so on the spectrum of encounters in general in lieu of encounters with others.
Nonetheless, I still absolutely loved this book beyond words. Though Gladwell spoke on events in psychology that I have already heard of, he shed them in a new light that I never even sought to see them as.
This book gave me hope and inspired me to clean my mind in the best way possible, beginning at the absolute darkest layer: the subconscious.