How can I think sociologically?
What a great question! One of my students asked to me and I answered; "There is no one way to think sociologically. Firstly, I love people and interaction among them. Always ask myself what is the role of people in the society? I questioning this in my mind and support with readings, listening, life experiences and discussions. So another question is 'where is society?'. Actually society is over there. But we couldn't see. We need to step back from your place and start to think on those issues. We need to think about what is going on around us. We need to think about ourselves. We need to observe and think in depth. That's the one way of thinking sociologically."
Have you ever had a situation where you instinctively felt you knew the answer right away when you were presented with a challenge?
While often we are encouraged to think through, Malcolm Gladwell argues in his book "Blink" that this is not always needed. Why?
📌 We are able to do "thin-slicing", which refers to our ability to quickly recognize patterns and situations based on very short pieces of information.
📌 Although we often feel we need more information to make a decision, it is an illusion. While we get a feeling of certainty, we are often more prone to make mistakes.
I highly recommend this book where the author combines sociology, psychology, marketing and criminology to explain how our unconscious mind works by using interesting examples.
What are your favorite books these days?