Blink

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Gladwell compares the actions of the adaptive unconscious to a locked door. The human mind is a complicated place, and most of its behaviors are difficult, if not impossible, to understand—in fact, the act of trying to interpret intuition often interferes with intuition itself. In this sense, the locked door symbolizes the mysterious, complicated nature of the mind, and the fact that attempting to understand it actually changes it.

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The Locked Door Symbol Timeline in Blink

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Chapter 2: The Locked Door
Rationality vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...being able to explain them. Put another way, snap judgments take place behind a “ locked door .” When people try to explain their snap judgments, the explanations are never very convincing.... (full context)
Rapid Cognition, “Thin-slicing,” and the Adaptive Unconscious Theme Icon
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...behavior. Perhaps, Gladwell suggests, it would be better to keep certain human behavior behind a locked door . (full context)
Chapter 4: Paul Van Riper’s Big Victory
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...danger was, the firefighter was able to make a rapid judgment from behind the “ locked door ” of his mind, and save his friends’ lives. During the 2000 war game, the... (full context)
Chapter 5: Kenna’s Dilemma
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...food tasting—in other words, they have a sophisticated understanding of “what goes on behind the locked door of their unconscious.” (full context)