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I'm married to a techie type and thought I might learn a thing or two about the way my husband thinks by reading this book. And I did learn a lot. With every example I had to admit, yes, she's right about that one. It's actually a very practical guide, because it gives you alternative ways of saying things that will be more meaningful to your techie with clear explanations why. It's also a tool for liberal arts types to understand just what the mathematical mind is thinking when he remarks on the laundry or gets you exactly what you want for your birthday. There were many laugh-out-loud moments for me in this book. Though, I think it would be entertaining for people not having to live with the engineering mind-set, as well. I plan to recommend this book to all my friends who are married to techies.
I am an engineer and I know that the way I think is different than how other people think. For myself it is helpful to know where other people are coming from. For others it helps them to understand how Engineers (and other technical people) think. I liked it so much I gave it to a couple of my co-workers. One of them saw it on my desk and found it interesting before I had a chance to tell him it was for him and his wife!
I bought this as a joke for my other half, but the joke was on me because I learned way more about myself reading it! I love the tone it is written with and the humor that is used. It is light and fun, yet informative and useful. It is not a long book, so it is perfect to leave around for others to pick up and read from. This is a fun book for anyone to read.
The title is a bit of a misnomer. This fun read broadens its purported subject into a wider view of life survival skills between non-techies and techies of all types. Along the way "teacher" Minichino assigns homework and suggests follow-up quizzes that develop into a mini logic 101 course of instruction. She even makes a meaningful suggestion to apply the same translation skills into interpreting political commentary.
Writers are often told to "write what you know about." Minichino obviously knows her subject well.
I ran across this looking for engineering gifts for my hubby. He and I communicate very well but I thought it might be a funny read. He actually read it to. I would say some of it is spot on but some of it is not. Nevertheless, it was a good conversation starter so on that basis alone I would buy it again
Bought for my wife... But I learnt alot about my own actions and thought processes... It is not an all encompassing book but it highlights and discusses a few key areas with some humour... Well worth a read!
I'm retired (hence, no IT department) and I don't live with an engineer. Doesn't matter. How to Live with an Engineer provides insight to anyone who wants to understand and relate better with other human beings. As soon as I read the three characteristics of engineers: "they're troubleshooters, they love numbers, and they love to argue," I began to recall a number of people, verbal bouts, confused emotions ... and knew I hadn't really understood what I was hearing.
You'll enjoy the discovery of Camille Minichino's insights and wit no matter who you are or who your friends and colleagues are. You might even re-kindle an old friendship or two.