ICE Book Review – Think Again

By Rob Cooney (@EMEducation)

Think Again
By: Adam Grant

When was the last time you changed something in the way your practice medicine? What about the way you teach? Adopting changes to how we practice our arts isn’t something we take lightly or do easily. Unfortunately, failing to change also inhibits our ability to advance our art. Think Again is a book dedicated to the process of changing our minds.

Grant breaks the book into 3 sections: individual rethinking, interpersonal rethinking, and collective rethinking. Within the sections, you’ll find topics that might seem familiar: the curse of knowledge, imposter syndrome (there’s actually a lot good about it), the Dunning-Kruger effect, psychological safety, and much more.

Throughout the book, Grant uses a combination of story, pop culture, and scientific data to entertain and inform. He also features many illustrations, both for humor and to illustrate his points. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 5. His opening story of the debate between an international champion vs Debra (the Watson of Debate) beautifully illustrates the nuance of debate and trying to get others to change their minds. Incidentally, chapter 7 deals with vaccine hesitancy. Timely?

Overall, I found this to be a thought-provoking book. It requires the reader to stop and think (rethink?) before moving on. By then end, you will question your assumptions and come away with a skillset to practice as you seek to Think Again, change your mind, and advance your art.

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