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59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute

59 SECONDS: CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN UNDER A MINUTE

by: Wiseman, Richard
Format: Paperback

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Product Description An easy-to-use, concise guide to changing your life in under a minute, backed by cutting-edge scientific research.Bestselling author and psychologist Richard Wiseman had become increasingly frustrated with the self-help industry and its snake-oil treatments. Here, bringing together a remarkably diverse range of scientific data, he has crafted a no-nonsense response to their ineffectual programs. Filled with tips and tricks that come straight from the latest scientific journals and his own original research, Wiseman outlines the new science of "rapid change" and describes with clarity and infectious enthusiasm how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Review "This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research."  — New Scientist "For all those who are tired of the usual self-help formula--homespun anecdotes, upbeat platitudes, over-the-top promises--Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds is just what the PhD ordered."  — The Wall Street Journal "Seemingly perfect for this age of short attention spans and instant gratification."  — The Chronicle Herald "At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people."  — Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Enigma “Wiseman is a brilliant name for a psychologist, and this book proves the professor is not misnamed. . . . [ 59 Seconds] contains dozens of fascinating and useful nuggets, and they all have science on their side.”  — The Independent About the Author Richard Wiseman is based at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and has gained an international reputation for research into offbeat areas of psychology, including deception, humor, and luck. He is the author of The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and numerous other books. A passionate advocate for science, Wiseman is well-known for his media appearances, high-profile talks, live demonstrations, and mass-participation studies. Wiseman also regularly acts as a creative consultant for print, broadcast, and new media. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Self-help exposed, Sophie’s question, and the potential for rapid change DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE an important aspect of your life? Perhaps lose weight, find your perfect partner, obtain your dream job, or simply be happier? Try this simple exercise. . . . Close your eyes and imagine the new you. Think how great you would look in those close-fitting designer jeans, dating Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, sitting in a luxurious leather chair at the top of the corporate ladder, or sipping a piña colada as the warm waves of the Caribbean gently lap at your feet. The good news is that this type of exercise has been recommended by some in the self-help industry for years. The bad news is that a large body of research now suggests that such exercises are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, harmful. Although imagining your perfect self may make you feel better, engaging in such mental escapism can also have the unfortunate side effect of leaving you unprepared for the difficulties that crop up on the rocky road to success, thus increasing the chances of your faltering at the first hurdle rather than persisting in the face of failure. Fantasizing about heaven on earth may put a smile on your face, but it is unlikely to help transform your dreams into reality. Other research suggests that the same goes for many popular techniques that claim to improve your life. Attempting to “think yourself happy” by suppressing negative thoughts can make you obsess on the very thing that makes you unhappy. Group brainstorming can produce fewer and less original ideas than individuals working alone. Punching a pillow and screaming out loud can increase, rather than decrease, your anger and stress levels. Then there is the infamous “Yale Goal Study.” Accor

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Product Code: 9780307474865
ISBN: 0307474860
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2010-12-28
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 11/28/10
Dimension: 5.12 x 0.91 x 7.91 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds