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Insight

Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
Written by: Tasha Eurich
Narrated by: Tasha Eurich
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The first definitive book on the science of self-awareness, Insight is a fascinating journey into everyone's favorite topic: themselves. 

Do you understand who you really are? Or how others really see you? We all know people with a stunning lack of self-awareness - but how often do we consider whether we might have the same problem? 

Research shows that self-awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century - the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Unfortunately, we are remarkably poor judges of ourselves and how we come across, and it's rare to get candid, objective feedback from colleagues, employees, and even friends and family. 

Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich shatters conventional assumptions about what it takes to truly know ourselves - like why introspection isn't a bullet train to insight, how experience is the enemy of self-knowledge, and just how far others will go to avoid telling us the truth about ourselves. Through stories of people who've made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques, and strategies to help listeners do the same - and therefore improve their work performance, career satisfaction, leadership potential, relationships, and more. 

At a time when self-awareness matters more than ever, Insight is the essential playbook for surviving and thriving in an unaware world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Tasha Eurich (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Think of the most cluelessly unselfaware person you know: your boss, annoying neighbor, brother-in-law. How can we avoid being that person? And teach our kids to avoid being that person as well? Eurich summarizes the fascinating science about self insight, but - perhaps more importantly - she studies admirable individuals who are self-aware in a way that is applauded by their peers. You'll benefit from knowing what they know. Buy a copy for yourself and buy another to leave, anonymously, on your boss's desk." (Chip Heath, coauthor of New York Times best sellers Switch and Decisive)

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Truly insightful!

I recently listened to the Insight audiobook and it’s honestly been so eye opening that I’m purchasing the physical book as well. I want to be able to refer back to it easily and continue to gain insights depending on the stages I’m at. I often find that books can overall leave me with a good feeling, but I don’t have clear takeaways or next actions. This is a complete exception - I have so many takeaways and am now working through the PDF and Tasha’s workbook as well. If you have any type of personal or work relationships, I highly recommend this book!

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Loved every minute of it!

I thought I was an insightful person, not after reading this book! So many ideas and examples to use. 10/10 will listen again!

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  • Pete Hudson
  • 2017-08-29

Chicken noodle soup for the faux-llectual

What would have made Insight better?

I was hoping for an analysis of our inner processes as seen through experiments and statistical surveys. Instead, I was given portrait after portrait of *unicorns* who run into crummy circumstances, change their minds and begin the *thrive*.

What could Tasha Eurich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The use of buzz words in this *bold* work were a clue to the inner lack of substance. So much garnish, so little meat.

Have you listened to any of Tasha Eurich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think authors that can read their own books are awesome, and I have no problem with her narration skills. I didn't realize she was the author at first; I just thought she was really "in tune" with the content.

What character would you cut from Insight?

George Washington, Ben Franklin, Ben, Susan, all these portraits. History must be full of people who did bad and then good. And no matter the circumstances, they could be painted to have *discovered their inner workings*.

Any additional comments?

I really thought this books would speak to the power understanding how others see us over even more self-indulgent know-thyself mantras. This book is self-aware of works that have come before, but it falls into the same anecdotal traps without sufficiently setting itself apart.

Thank you Audible for your return policy.

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  • SBwj
  • 2018-03-15

Excellent book!

Excellent book! I was wondering why my life is becoming difficult after trying to become more self aware. This book points out clearly the roadblocks we may hit during our journey! Thank you, I was able to know a few of my blind spots by this book! Hats off to the author n research!

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  • thedrivein
  • 2018-03-10

worth all our time, but it took too much time

Would you try another book from Tasha Eurich and/or Tasha Eurich?

only after she gets a better editor

Would you ever listen to anything by Tasha Eurich again?

only after she gets a better editor

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editing!

Was Insight worth the listening time?

meh

Any additional comments?

The PDF at the end was invaluable and could operate stand alone

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2019-03-19

Book is Awesome! PDFs Not So Much

The book is great. The thing is I can't find the PDF files. There is nothing in my library. I can't take the quizes or anything else. : ( This is an Audible.com fail, not the author's.

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  • Michelle
  • 2018-06-17

Helpful for self-development

Tasha does a nice job of illustrating through numerous examples the power of going beyond ourselves to solicit input from others on how we're showing up and what we can do to be better. This is helpful for anyone looking to develop both personally and professionally. She provides helpful tips and tools to gather candid feedback in order to be the best you. I would recommend this book to those that have plateaued in their own development and are looking for ways to push through to the other side.

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  • JABVA
  • 2020-05-05

Very helpful and enjoyable book

Tasha Eurich provides understanding how and when to try to address unaware people around us as well as unawareness in our selves. Highly recommended.

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  • Janet
  • 2020-02-12

The books is too dry

There are some interesting ideas, but the content is really boring - the stories are long and repeat the same idea over and over.

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  • Myra
  • 2020-02-06

Mostly good

I liked this book for the most part, and appreciated the author’s effort... although I feel that she came across as a bit judgmental at times. I don’t recall her mentioning the ego, trauma, or diving into the source of narcissism and NPD- which I believe that a huge part of gaining self awareness and understanding not just oneself- but also others, with compassion and empathy. She’s dismissive on efforts to raise self-esteem, but I am skeptical... Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own abilities” and “self-respect” in the dictionary. I see it being closely connected to “self-confidence”, but she chooses to define the them differently. According to my own experience and countless hours of reading books (including Brene Brown, whom she referenced a few times) & researching these topics, taking trauma-informed courses, and working hard to heal from my own past - I understand that the underlying drive of narcissism and NPD is a lack of empathy (oftentimes due to childhood trauma), and an over-inflated ego is usually the subconscious defense mechanism due to deep feelings of insecurity and an attempt to prove one’s own worthiness. Exaggerated grandiosity, arrogance, showboating and boasting are signals of a person who experiences deep feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. People become consumed with themselves because they feel the need to prove themselves to the world to feel important. They have a hard time thinking about others because of the false belief that their worthiness is based on other people’s perception of them. When one is truly confident from within, they have no problem expressing humility, generosity, compassion and consideration. Not just for others- but also for themselves by establishing clear boundaries and letting go of shame and guilt. And judgement.

Self-awareness cannot be achieved without being fully aware of others and the world around us too- without egocentric biases blurring our lens.

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  • Greyson E.
  • 2020-01-06

Misleading Book Titles on Amazons behalf

I have a paperback version of Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think. The company I work for gave me this book to read but I wanted an audible version of this book as well. But some reason Amazon has two different books under one item screen for buying a book vs audible book. Now I have the audible version of the wrong book I have no need for at this time. This is my fault for not looking at this more clearly, but having two books under one item is confusing. I have nothing against the author just Amazons error in this matter.

Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think (book only)
Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life (audible only)

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  • Humberto
  • 2019-11-13

Too long

This book could be a tale... not 200. Bright side: you will discover intuitive concepts that actually work. Dark side: you'll have to listen to dozens of stories that distracts you from learning

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  • Alexei Tcherkassov
  • 2019-08-20

interesting and helpful book

one of the best self improvement books I've read! a very interesting subject, with good examples. I think this book will have a durable little impact on my world view