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Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amazon Customer Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-23-15
    Amazon Customer Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Reader, listener, writer, singer, screamer, dreamer, practitioner of bad painting and questionable boundary-setting skills.

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    "An Interesting Premise, Ruined By Poor Execution"

    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.

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    Morrow 07-03-15
    Morrow 07-03-15

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    "Redirect Contains Interesting Information"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I bought this book because I heard an interview on a podcast. I like this book because it has a lot of interesting concepts.

    I consider this a self improvement book as it assists the readers with personal growth, yet it attacks all self improvement materials as lacking scientific evidence. It sets itself apart as being science based. But science is often difficult, especially when it comes to people's behaviors. The book confirms the myriads of factors that can skew a test, so it leads me to question the "scientific evidence."


    Has Redirect turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I still love learning about human behavior.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I like the narrator. I've heard him before on different books.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Redirect?

    The entire attack on self improvement "movement." There's no need to bash another line or reasoning. We all have different beliefs and we're motivated by various incentives.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cory A Howe Anoka, MN United States 01-24-15
    Cory A Howe Anoka, MN United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "New idea for me"

    This was my first introduction to the idea of story editing as a therapy. Made me want to know more.

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    Chris Lunt Mountain View, CA United States 02-19-13
    Chris Lunt Mountain View, CA United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    ""But when we use the story editing approach...""

    Repetitious. Story editing is the golden hammer, and the author trots it out again and again after dissing the competition. He may be right, but the idea gets stretched thin, and I was losing interest before the book was done.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karole Conway, SC, United States 01-14-13
    Karole Conway, SC, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I was hoping for more insight."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Little too much data and intepretation. More textbook than I would like. I like the series on 'reptile' and thought some of this might be related. It wasn't.


    What could Timothy D. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more about the 'story' and the effects of 'redirecting.' I thought I would get more out of it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I barely finished it. I bought it for insight. . .didn't get a lot. I wanted value for what I could use in day to day experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't help me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dorinda Forbes 04-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about Redirect?

    I liked how the author pulled information and research from various areas to synthesis his premise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not all in one sitting, but I did have a couple of driveway moments, where I sat in the driveway waiting to hear the end of the chapter.


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    chris 02-12-13
    chris 02-12-13
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    "Redirect yourself from this dry book..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More substance of useful ideas and less data. Lay people need it simplified.


    What was most disappointing about Timothy D. Wilson’s story?

    The unexciting delivery


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    wasn't any


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Read it only if into to alternative methods of psychological practice

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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