Summary of Seeing What Others Don’t

The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

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Seeing What Others Don’t book summary
When you see where insights come from, you’ll want to shout “Eureka!” Gary Klein illuminates the way.


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Eureka! Here’s a new way to look at insight: Cognitive scientist Gary Klein delves deeply into the phenomenon of that flash of inspiration or recognition and structures its attainment according to the “Triple Path” model he devised – in an insight of his own. Rather than following the prescribed path of conducting carefully controlled experiments, he developed his model by using the “naturalistic” method of collecting and analyzing 120 stories of human experiences that altered someone’s “core beliefs.” The stories bring his research to vivid life. His analysis of these tales persuaded him that “connections, coincidences, curiosities, contradictions and creative desperation” lead to insight. getAbstract recommends Klein’s method and smart exposition to anyone who wants to be more attuned to their intuitive processes, to make sounder decisions more quickly, and to inspire insights among their colleagues, employees, friends or family.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people arrive at new insights
  • How “connections, coincidences, curiosities, contradictions and creative desperation” lead to insight
  • How people and organizations inhibit their insights
  • How to promote new insights


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A police officer observed the driver of a new BMW flick ashes from his cigarette onto the upholstery. He wondered who would be so uncaring as to do that in a brand-new car. The officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested a car thief – he’d caught the careless crook in the act...
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About the Author

Gary Klein, a senior scientist at MacroCognition LLC, also wrote Sources of Power, The Power of Intuition and A Practitioner’s Guide to Cognitive Task Analysis.

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    Louis Winsley Beth 3 months ago
    Good information
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    Edwin Edgardo Molina Trochez 5 months ago
    pefect information...after i read it I keep thinking about it. love it

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