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59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

59 SECONDS: THINK A LITTLE, CHANGE A LOT

by: Wiseman, Richard
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community. Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of “rapid change” and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: “Think a little, change a lot.” 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 From the Trade Paperback edition. 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 suppre

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Product Code: 9780307273406
ISBN: 0307273407
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2009-12-29
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 5.39 x 1.42 x 7.28 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds