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The blind spot effect : how to stop missing what's right in front of you / Kelly Boys.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, [2018]
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vii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Attentional blink: what we miss and how we miss it -- You see it...but you don't see it: decoding the stories in our minds -- Shortcut to flow state: hacking family intuitions -- Choose your own adventures: discovering personalized core beliefs -- The full spectrum: welcoming emotional blind spots -- Love is blind: first impressions and falling in love -- Self-compassion...and the big reveal -- F*ck feedback: illuminating how others see us -- Trust your gut: uncovering your intuitional navigation system -- Happy trails: a concise guide to working with your blind spots -- Afterword: The biggest blind spot of all.


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At home or work, do you find yourself in similar conflicts or situations again and again? Do your relationships seem fine--but you sometimes wonder if those around you might disagree? On an immediate level, have you ever wished for greater clarity, depth, and delight in all of your experiences? "It's much easier to see the unconscious and self-defeating habits of others than our own," Kelly Boys notes, "and perceptually, to miss so much that's happening around us." In this compelling book, readers will explore our many kinds of "blind spots," from the physical to the interpersonal: how we get them, how to reveal them, and how to work with our newfound awareness. Drawing upon neuroscience, meditation research, true personal accounts, and more, The Blind Spot Effect invites us into this hidden world. What unfolds is both a learning journey and a practice guide to bring our own unseen

Author Notes

Kelly Boys teaches teach companies, veterans, prison inmates, humanitarian workers, psychotherapists, and others in meditation and emotional intelligence. She directed the launch of a facilitator training for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, based on Google's neuroscience -based emotional intelligence and mindfulness program; created a Peace on Purpose program for the United Nations Foundation; and has trained frontline humanitarian workers in the Middle Past. Learn more at

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This worthwhile debut from Boys, who helped launch Google's "Search Inside Yourself" mindfulness program, lays out a self-help plan designed to address the personal "blind spots" that distort people's thinking. "We are all like Hiroo in some way, blindly defending something that does not need defending anymore," says Boys, referring to a Japanese intelligence officer who, stranded on an island in the Philippines after WWII, did not learn for decades that the war had ended. A blind spot can be a compulsion to be liked, a "recycled" or recurrent emotion like anxiety, or a feeling of unworthiness-any unconscious driver of self-destructive behaviors. The author draws on the work of prominent psychologists, such as Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky (the subjects of Michael Lewis's 2016 book The Undoing Project), and mindfulness teachers, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, to discuss how readers can get to "home base"-a state of honesty with oneself and access to one's intuition. Boys's prose does not sparkle, but it is persuasive, and readers will appreciate the series of meditation practices provided. This book takes a simple idea and drives it home. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Attentional Blink What We Miss and How We Miss Itp. 9
2 You See It ... but You Don't See It Decoding the Stories in Our Mindsp. 25
3 Shortcut to Flow State Hacking Faulty Intuitionsp. 51
4 Choose Your Own Adventure Discovering Personalized Core Beliefsp. 71
5 The Full Spectrum Welcoming Emotional Blind Spotsp. 85
6 Love Is Blind First Impressions and Falling in Lovep. 99
7 Self-Compassion ... and the Big Revealp. 123
8 F * ck Feedback Illuminating How Others See Usp. 139
9 Trust Your Gut Uncovering Your Intuitional Navigation Systemp. 153
10 Happy Trails A Concise Guide to Working with Your Blind Spotsp. 171
Afterword the Biggest Blind Spot of Allp. 177
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Notesp. 185
About the Authorp. 191