Cover of Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell.

Talking to Strangers

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Malcolm Gladwell

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Why can’t we tell when the stranger in front of us is lying to our face? How is it that meeting a stranger makes us worse at understanding that person than not meeting them? How do we see through the idiosyncrasies and pass accurate judgment on strangers? This tidbit answers these questions simply. Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for “The New Yorker” and was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post. In “Talking to Strangers,”he explores different cases of misunderstanding strangers as a result of some deficiencies in our assessment of these strangers. “The right way to talk to strangers is with caution and humility.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell