Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-

Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know / Malcolm Gladwell. - 1st ed. - New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019. - xii, 386 p. : ill., maps.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : "Step out of the car!" -- Part I. Spies and diplomats : two puzzles -- Fidel Castro's revenge -- Getting to know der Fuhrer -- Part II. Default to truth -- The queen of Cuba -- The holy fool -- Case study : The boy in the shower -- Part III. Transparency. The Friends fallacy -- A (short) explanation of the Amanda Knox case -- Case study : The fraternity party -- Part IV. Lessons. KSM : what happens when the stranger is a terrorist? -- Part V. Coupling. Sylvia Plath -- Case study : The Kansas City experiments -- Sandra Bland.

In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.

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Interpersonal relations -- Miscellanea.
Psychology, Applied.
Threat (Psychology)
Conduct of life -- Miscellanea.

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