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)
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.
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."
No. I still love learning about human behavior.
I like the narrator. I've heard him before on different books.
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.
This was my first introduction to the idea of story editing as a therapy. Made me want to know more.
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.
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.
Make it more about the 'story' and the effects of 'redirecting.' I thought I would get more out of 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.
Didn't help me.
I liked how the author pulled information and research from various areas to synthesis his premise.
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.
More substance of useful ideas and less data. Lay people need it simplified.
The unexciting delivery
Read it only if into to alternative methods of psychological practice
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