What is a slow thinker?
Most people are not x10 thinkers. It’s not because of their brain but because of their brain software.

Many people are slow thinkers, not because they are short on brainpower, but because they’re using very sluggish, outdated brain software that favours only the left half of their brain. The ‘thinking software’ they were taught to think with slows them down. It’s inside-the-box thinking.

How fast can you think?

Answer these five questions:
–  In any situation can you instantly know how you feel about it?
–  When criticised can you quickly defend your opinions?
–  Is it easy for you to see the logical errors in the thinking of others?
–  Are you good at convincing others when your point-of-view is right?
–  When faced with a decision can you quickly see the obvious alternatives and choose the best one?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then chances are your thinking is much slower than it need be and you can easily double your speed of thought.

What’s the problem here?
It’s the 2500-year-old left-brained Greco-Roman software – logic – which was spread around the world via the European education system during the second millennium and is so sluggish. It’s black hat thinking. Many people are still stuck with logic, based on the I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong method, so that’s as fast as they can go.

Why is logic so slow?
Starting from the conflict-based I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong premise logic traps the thinker into defending his viewpoint against any suggestion of change (because “I-am-right!”). It becomes difficult, even impossible, for the thinker to escape from his own point-of-view. To think outside-the-square.

Programmed into your brain by the education system logic was designed by the Roman church for Europe and then spread around the world by missionaries. It was imported into Australia, along with rabbits, 200 years ago. Designed to defend ‘truth’ logic is driven by judgment.  Once the thinker judges something as either ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ their enormous brainpower is then devoted to defending that opinion. This makes it very difficult for the thinker to escape from his opinion to find a much better one.

Arguments are tedious and drawn-out. Change is slow, protracted and time-consuming. That may have been OK for Europe in the middle ages but it’s not OK for Australia in the new millennium. In today’s world the imperative is velocity. We need to be speed thinkers.

What benefits you can expect from being a Speed Thinker?
Pump up both sides of your brain. Your brain is a powerful machine. Like a Formula One racing car, it’s more efficient at higher speeds. There are many benefits from accelerating your speed of thought. The faster you read, for example, the higher your comprehension because your brain is operating more efficiently at the faster speed. The same applies to your speed of thought. The faster you think, the higher the quality of your decision-making.

Also, by doubling your speed of thought you will:
-  Be more open-minded.
-  Be able to see more opportunities.
-  Be better at solving problems.
-  Enjoy making better and faster decisions.
-  Be more effective at planning.
-  Get much better results.
-  Find it easier to be creative.
-  Be able to take advantage of changes in circumstances.
-  Get things done.
-  Think more efficiently and worry less.
-  Own a basis for a higher communication with others.
-  See information in new and more useful ways.
-  Learn the skill of XIO THINKING.
-  Generate better and better alternatives.
-  Raise the level of every other thought-based skill you possess.
-  Apply these new skills to your personal and family life.
-  Be more productive with business and work problems and opportunities.
-  You will be an XIO Thinker!

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17 thoughts on “ARE YOU A SLOW THINKER?

  1. As usual, Michael and the SOT do not disappoint.

    With a goal of doubling the speed of thought, amazing results will be possible.

    Any improvement will be welcome.

  2. I read it some weeks ago.. It is a wonderful book that motivates me a lot! The value of it seems to grow every day.. Will read it again til it becomes obvious..

  3. Yes ! What a great view to escape old , emotionally upsetting
    reactions in oneself . CVS2BVS – brilliant Michael .
    Doug G in Las Vegas

  4. I’ve been reading Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”. He describes two systems at work. System 1 is an intuitive-based “automatic” system that can be summarized as fast thinking. System 2 is an “effortful” system – a slow-thinking system that requires an effort to arrive at the answer. I sense both Daniel and Michael are aligned but have chosen opposite meanings for the words “slow” and “fast”! I’ll try to explain where my mind is and look forward to comments from others.

    System 1: Intuitive thinking is founded on habits (brain patterns) formed from experiences. You know from the past what works or doesn’t work. Most of the time (95%?) the thinking is correct or is the right thing to do. Daniel calls this “Fast thinking” due to the quick response time; Michael calls this “Slow thinking”.

    System 2: Much more effort involved since an open mind, information sharing, creative search for alternatives, thoughtful evaluations, etc. are required. Daniel calls this “Slow thinking” as it’s much more deliberate, disciplined, and will take more time than quick intuitive, “off the cuff” thinking. Michael calls this “Fast thinking” because one can arrive at a mutually-agreed, plausible solution faster. The barriers of logic, argument, and truth can be overcome. If we thinking intuitively ~95% of the time, then this would constitute the remaining 5%.

    Using Michael’s definitions, is a Slow/Fast ratio of 95/5% considered poor, fair, excellent? I’m not sure if I want to be a Fast thinker 100% of the time. When I’m making a cup of tea in the morning, do I want to spend time thinking about brewing or just quickly put the bag in the cup, pour in the boiling water, and get my day off and running? Perhaps one day I’ll think about dropping the tea bag into a pot or using tea leaves with a strainer as a BVS. The challenge is making the commitment to later revisit and do a CVS2BVS fast think.

  5. Noticed having strange feelings when I answered No to the questions… Seems practicing honest integrated thinking is also speeding up ever-more accurate thinking… Noticing this discomfort when encountering right/wrong tactics provides feedback feed-forward so as to make adjustments… Seems my brain still considering: What does the other person want me to say, so as to not cause disagreements and conflict with that person… So will continue improving Self-Leadership skills, including being ever-more confident in my own skin… It is OK to SAY there is NO such thing as an emperor, and that person there is NOT wearing any clothing, even if he and rest of the worshiping crowd have been deceived into believing he is fully clothed in a beautiful suit (or too afraid to say the facts of what they see)… When I KNOW the FACT of reality, it is certainly OK to BE honest in pointing out delusions and illusions where and when encountered… Ron Paul is bravely pointing out these facts to Americans… will they listen and be brave enough to vote honestly????

  6. 1 like to think about,who what where when why and how,
    alot to think about,befor answering,guess this does make a slow thinker.

  7. ‘I am right’, puts you in a mind trap. We limit ourselves to the periphery of our so called ‘right’ knowledge. All our lives we think we are so successful because of our right decisions and our own right thinking. Now I can imagine how vast could have been the dimensions of life itself, if that ‘I am Right’, label was not attached to the mind.

  8. I am exating to learn your method of the speed thinking,
    I tried the auto genic the visualization and with a very good iq I was perfect and have also the creative thinking but sometimes I can’t read nether concentrte when I listen to the inconvenienve repeated in a high voices and sounds this make me confused,but I try to have the inner peace.

  9. I COMPLETLY AGREE, if you use only the logic side of your brain is like walkin with only one foot.

  10. isn’t it supposed to be ‘if most of the answer is no, then you are slow thinker’? in the test ‘how fast can you think?’
    I know I am a slow thinker and all answer is no for me

  11. I have to agree, if you are a slow thinker you should have answered no to the questions at the beginning of the article. There is nothing wrong with taking time to think before you act. Thinking fast does not necessarily make a person more efficient and it certainly does not make a person more open minded. In fact making snap judgments can result in a person’s being close minded.

  12. But do you realize the negative effects of slow thinking?
    Too often in a company of other people you do not speak, because you have the feeling that the point of the conversation is changing too fast. You feel stupid because everybody else make their decisions with clear and simple arguments, but only you stare and try to realize every situation that happens on you. Most often you avoid any actions, because of fear that you cant get the whole picture realized, and luck of one solid argument. Avoiding actions make you seem lazy and non-involved in any initiatives. Sometimes colleagues are angry of you because when you have short terms you do not cope with the correct decisions at first, just because you are a slow thinker. I would say it is awful feeling. And you get frustrated because you feel a guilt about your disability to react on time and insatisfactory collaboration. As a result overwhelming depression enrolls the process of slow thinking and the situation get worse.

  13. I am also a slow thinker n listener and find difficulty in puting my views to others as my brain too loose track while explaining the facts to others..

  14. Sometime it gets hard for me to participate in group discussion and explain my views,even i know the thing very well. bcoz of slow thinking.Sometime i am out of track what i am speaking.And i get very upset after.

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