Head First: 10 Ways to Tap Into Your Natural Genius Hardcover – 2 Apr 2002
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‘If you put Buzan’s theories to the test, you could find yourself memorising pages from a phone book, or becoming the brainiest person in the world’
Personal Computer World Magazine
‘Tony didn’t invent the brain – he did invent the instructions!’
John Husbands, MD, Institute of Management
About the Author
Tony Buzan is the author of the million-copy bestsellers, Use Both Sides of Your Brain, Use Your Head and The Mind Map Book. He lectures all over the world and his work has been published in 50 countries and 20 languages. He also advises multi-national companies, governments, leading businesses, and international Olympic athletes.
Top customer reviews
Im an expert in creative processes and thinking and have to admite the way he has summed up this inteligence (creative) in about 50 pages is amazing. The rest of the book covers another 9 fundamental areas of the brain and life.
Just a really good overview of the different aspects of our lives actually, and how to asses and enhance them.
The 10 "inteligences" covered: Creative, personal, social, spiritual, physical, sensual (of the senses), sexual, numeric, spacial and verbal.
As for the other ones hes launched on each specific inteligence (creative, spiritual, etc) well these are actually terrible. Sorry Tony. Just filling up space. A couple of useful sentences within each 10 pages kind of stuff.
But this one, this one YOU SHOULD GET!!
Just a very very good book!
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In this book, Buzan clearly outlines 9 different types of intelligence. You can test your own intelligence within these 9 types, as defined. Buzan makes also sound recommendations on how to exercise and improve each of these intelligences.
However! The ways turn out to be "different types of intelligence". OK, I suspected something was a bit off, when the promise of tapping your natural genius is actually just a horribly misleading sales promise, guaranteed to disappoint.
In my search for more ways to behave smarter, I was confronted with a description of how Richard Branson did it. I really can't see how this guy can help.
The real creamer though, was the recommendation to masturbate. I realise it is completely natural, and something that even the loftiest IQ holders do, but to recommend it for brain stimulation really goes beyond silly. Or is the author just jerking us around?
I read this book very carefully (not speedreading) and did all the tests and exercises. There is really nothing new here.
After reading this book, I realise now that Howard Gardner is also more than a little off key. How many more "seperate" intelligences are we going to have by the end of the decade? Recent research shows that these so-called intelligences cannot actually be called seperate anyway. Gardner and Buzan seem to be working from the same mental muddle.
We don't need more intelligences, just more definite ways to help. So, unless you are just looking for an expensive tome devoted to woolly ego stroking, go for a good book on learning/study methods instead.
The information this book covers is amazing. While each "intelligence" can be better learned about by concentrating on books dedicated to each subject individually, you will do yourself a disservice by not reading this book. It can only lead to becoming a more well rounded individual and may even spring you towards greatness.
Are those "greats" we read and hear about like Leonardo DaVinci, Babe Ruth, Oprah, Einstein, Mozart, and Gandhi as capable as they are/were because they were born that way, or did they use and practice knowledge that we all have access to. I think you know the answer. This book will be a starting point for you.
The book describes how to improve ten "intelligences" (think of IQ, but for other than just "smarts") which provide for a well rounded person:
1. Creative intelligence
2. Personal intelligence
3. Social intelligence
4. Spiritual intelligence
5. Physical intelligence
6. Sensual intelligence
7. Sexual intelligence
8. Numerical intelligence
9. Spatial intelligence
10. Verbal intelligence
The book is easy enough to read to be a great starter book, but with ample info to satisfy those who are "further along" than most.
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