Blink Project Malcolm Caldwell wrote about “thin-slicing” in his book, “Blink. ” It’s a fascinating concept, one with which I immediately concur. The fact is, as a spontaneous person, I find being spontaneous beneficial. For me, personally, my spontaneous choices often end up better than my planned, thought-out decisions.
Whether it be a trip, or a choice to buy something, 8/10 times, for me personally, I end up in a better position than prior to the choice. Let’s also recall the fact that multitudes of cognitive studies inducted on students and their respective test scores proved that a student’s first choice, whether they’re properly informed or not, are more often correct than if the students had second-guessed themselves, and over-thought the questions.
While the ideas of spontaneity are mostly based in psychoanalytic psychology, you cannot deny that this reaches into other fields of psychology, from cognitive to behavioral and even humanistic. The study of personality, while is an observable behavior, often involves a significant amount of introspection, that is, looking into oneself and studying the inner machinations of your own mind.
The idea that spontaneity is a positive psychological trait is rather new, I suppose, as a few decades ago, it was necessary and practically mandatory to plan out activities, and everything else, in advance. While Malcolm Gladden’s idea of thin-slicing is not new, it is a rather new name for the idea that spontaneity is a positive trait. He has only further cemented the idea that spontaneity is a positive trait, and should be appreciated, as well as used to the fullest extent for the betterment of one’s life.