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A book review of Observe to Unmask: 100 Small Things To Know People Better by Pushpendra Mehta

A book review of Observe to Unmask: 100 Small Things To Know People Better by Pushpendra Mehta

Stars: ***

KDP (2020)
Personal Success
128 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Pushpendra Mehta, writer, marketer, and mentor, has been an observer of human behavior all his life. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s memorable fictional detective character, Sherlock Holmes, Pushpendra realized people drop subtle clues to their true nature, which is often hidden behind masks. The more he watched and studied, the better able he was to discern who people truly were.

In 2019, he answered a question-“What small thing can tell you a lot about a person?”-that was posted on Quora, a popular question-and-answer website. His answer received over 1 million views. This unexpected response led him to write Observe to Unmask, in which he explains what we can learn about people based on their conversations (including social media posts), interests, behavior, emotions, thoughts, and more.

Packed with intriguing insights, Observe to Unmask is useful in understanding not only the people in our personal and professional lives, but can act as a guide for self-reflection and improvement. Short and easy to read, it is a book you will turn to again and again, always finding something new and worthwhile.

Observe to Unmask will sharpen your ability to draw conclusions quickly and accurately from the smallest observations. It will help you develop positive relationships or harmonious associations that work for you and make you happier; assist you in comprehending an individual’s backstory; prevent you from being exploited, abused, manipulated, or lied to; aid you in distancing yourself from negative or toxic people, or avoiding them.

Observe to Unmask

The story of how this book came to be is interesting so read the summary if you didn’t already. The author goes over ways to learn things about other people. Inside, you will find ideas such as seeing how they act on social media, the friends they hang with, their sense of humour, how they deal with failure or rejection and so much more. There are 100 total to be exact.

Also covered in this 100 is how to tell the difference between an authentic spiritual guru/teacher and one who is in it for the money.

An example:

“They use the word BUT often. When you discuss an innovative or unconventional idea, option, or path that you wish to embark on, and someone use the word BUT more than a few times, as if it is to oppose or dismiss the idea or option outright, it indicates that they like to play it safe and stay in their comfort zone. However, if the word BUT is said to discuss or challenge the new idea or option, because the person is considering it from different aspects or perspectives, then it implies thoughtful decision-making.”

#61 on page 52

The last 35 pages are final insights and not part of the 100. These are just more insights the author wanted to make sure he got across. So the book is very short. It would make a great bathroom book as the chapters are very short.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.