Why did I pick this book?
Call it a heavy degree of Bias. I hoard books that say there is a science behind discovering one’s inner core. If the books lay out a process for that, I get tempted and buy it.
What do I like about the book?
There is a lot of research that has gone beyond the book, and the book gives a gradual ascent towards attaining mastery in any chosen field, which incidentally could be inner knowledge as well.
What is one interesting idea that I learned?
‘Alter your perspective.’ This is a neat technique that allows me to fit any new patterns I find in the outside word to the patterns that I already in my mind immediately. Instead, the technique is to observe these new patterns from different angles for an extended period of time, and that could reveal to me some new insights. Especially it can help us to eliminate making snap judgments on people who we interact with.
How long would it take?
5 to 6 hours.
Paras or Quotes that I liked
Understand: Your Life’s task does not always appear to you through some grand or promising inclination. It can appear in the guise of your deficiencies, making you focus on the one or two things that you are inevitably good at.
The brain is an instrument developed for making connections. It operates as a dual processing system, in which every bit of information that comes in at the same time compared to other information. The brain is constantly searching for similarities, differences, and relationships between what it processes. Your task is to feed this natural inclination, to create the optimal conditions for it to make new and original associations between ideas and experiences. And one of the best ways to accomplish this is by letting go of conscious control and allowing chance to enter into the processes.
Your false self is the accumulation of all the voice you have internalized from other people- parents and friends who want you to conform to their ideas of what you should be like and what you should do, as well as societal pressures to adhere to certain values that can easily seduce you.