Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2022
12 hours 31 minutes


“A powerful and provocative testament to the diverse coalition of minds we’ll need to face the mounting challenges of the twenty-first century.” —Steve Silberman

“An absolute eye-opener.” —Frans de Waal

A landmark book that reveals, celebrates, and advocates for the special minds and contributions of visual thinkers

A quarter of a century after her memoir, Thinking in Pictures, forever changed how the world understood autism, Temple Grandin— “an anthropologist on Mars,” as Oliver Sacks dubbed her—transforms our awareness of the different ways our brains are wired. Do you have a keen sense of direction, a love of puzzles, the ability to assemble furniture without crying? You are likely a visual thinker.

With her genius for demystifying science, Grandin draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking. Visual thinkers constitute a far greater proportion of the population than previously believed, she reveals, and a more varied one, from the photo-realistic “object visualizers” like Grandin herself, with their intuitive knack for design and problem solving, to the abstract, mathematically inclined “visual spatial” thinkers who excel in pattern recognition and systemic thinking. She also makes us understand how a world increasingly geared to the verbal tends to sideline visual thinkers, screening them out at school and passing over them in the workplace. Rather than continuing to waste their singular gifts, driving a collective loss in productivity and innovation, Grandin proposes new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. In a highly competitive world, this important book helps us see, we need every mind on board.
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Oscar O.

The author has a good point since different intelligences are needed in this society. although the author criticizes the educational system, which in itself is deficient in many countries, I must say that his circumstances and family helped her get ahead. In this book I was able to learn and appreciate that there are other people who can think very differently from me. That's actually why I decided to read this book. On the other hand, I would like visual thinkers to also learn that there are other ways of thinking, as the author discovered throughout her life. I really liked the book because it made me open my mind and learn more about the human mind and consciousness in animals.

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