Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?
We tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world. These stories ultimately determine if we will lead healthy, productive lives or get into trouble. Renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson proposes a radical new view: although these stories can be very hard to change, they can change - surprisingly quickly - if tweaked in the right way. He considers a broad range of problems, exposes failed attempts to solve them, and reframes them with new stories. Scientifically tested, his practical advice and simple techniques have been found to bring about real results including enhanced happiness, personal meaning, and social progress.
©2011 Original material © 2011 Timothy D. Wilson. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company
"There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece." (Malcolm Gladwell)
"May well be the single most important psychology book ever written." (Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness)
Interesting book, but Wilson spends most the time describing educational intervention programs that don't work, why they don't work and why the government spends so much money on them.
I was hoping for more in-depth information on methods that are effective in changing behavior. These experiments are briefly described before moving on to the next popular program that doesn't work.
However, I would recommend it to parents, teachers, school board members, political leaders and anyone with a stake in the effectiveness of institutionalized education.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Redirect was not very exciting but it had a number of interesting tidbits. The narrator, Gover Gardner, was great as usual. Redirect tries to make it clear that we, as a society, should test ideas with experiments before spending millions on programs that ???make sense??? but may not actually be affective. Redirect also describes the interesting technique of ???Story Editing??? which, although not as magical as The Secret, would likely be more successful.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting view into how psychology can help and hurt us. I listen when I drive, I found that I was making excuses to drive places just to listen.
Together with Subliminal, this book is in my top and I listened to it a couple of times. The whole mechanism of how well intentioned actions have bad consequences, has fascinated me and this books opens the door to how the mechanism of reward and punishments, create the internal narrative that has the opposite effect. "I must really dislike broccoli, when I need to be punished/rewarded to make me eat it"
Lots of good examples, experiments and explanations. Unfortunately there is always a hidden solicitation for a central planning job for such authors, as the fallacy that the monopoly of violence can do good with stolen tax money is a bridge to far to be debunked. So the author shows all the government programs that should reduce drugs use and violence and actually increased it, but he unfortunately comes with a plan to fix them. Once money is taken by force, it will never do any good afterwards.
This is just the best, most intelligent, fact based approach to child rearing and education that I've ever read. Rather than legislating based on hope, our leaders would do well to follow the testing guidelines outlined in this book before committing millions to programs that don't work. Parents would do well to ignore the Dr. Spock of the moment and read this if they want a happy, well adjusted child.
I guess this book wouldn't have been so bad if I knew what I was getting. I was under the impression that it was about taking this "new science" and using it to make changes in my own life. It has nothing to do with that. It is strictly about how a lot of the programs that the government, schools, etc..use to direct children and adults into doing the "right" think don't actually work.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
A fascinating look at human behavior and the intervention strategies we use to try to modify it. Grover Gardner's narration is, as always, top-notch and thoroughly professional. This book is a must read for sincere parents of children of any age.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
I bought this book three months ago but I was not in a mood to listen to it. When I finally grabbed it, was sorry I didn't listen right away because it is an EXCELLENT book! I think REDIRECT is one of the greatest psychology books out there. If Carol Dweck's "Mindset" is the tip of the Iceberg, Redirect is the rest of the body from the same Iceberg.
Listen to it! I bet you will like it.
I'd say it's a very worthwhile read. As a new father to twins, I found the parenting science section to be particularly interesting. I don't review often, but I'd say this is in the top 5% of audiobooks I've listened to. I'm a 14 year member and I've accumulated just over 1000 titles, and I figure over half weren't worth the time (too much drivel).
You can control your kids with bribes, threats, or fear, but he makes a good case that the results are only superficial (although they work), until the child embraces the changes as his own. Bribe a kid to get A's, and they might do it, but they will not have learned to love learning, which will effect them as adults. There are numerous examples like this. And worse, bribes and threats can sometimes even backfire.
There are many good examples, including interventions that seem very reasonable, and common-sense says these interventions are good and productive, but science sometimes disagrees, giving you pause.
It's an intelligent book and kept me interested throughout.
Reader, listener, writer, singer, screamer, dreamer, practitioner of bad painting and questionable boundary-setting skills.
Wilson begins the book with strong anecdotal example and a good narrative. Alas, somewhere mid-book, he turns away from writing his own book, and inexplicably wastes a chapter on UN-writing someone else's. Where in the name of all that's holy was his editor's red pencil? As has been mentioned in previous reviews, had Wilson spent as much time supporting and bolstering his own psych data, and less trying to debunk others', this would have been a pretty solid win. In the end, merely mediocre.
"A great book"
Evidence based strategies for helping yourself, your loved ones and those you work with to do better and be better. Wilson delivers in a low key style and has a solid commitment to using well evidenced cases and arguments
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