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Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change | [Timothy D. Wilson]

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

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?
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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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    Brian Hillsboro, OR, United States 08-24-12
    Brian Hillsboro, OR, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Why programs fail."

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Unexciting but Interesting"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell Oakville, WA, United States 09-29-11
    Mitchell Oakville, WA, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enlightening"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    david Virginia BEach, VA, United States 05-23-13
    david Virginia BEach, VA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected!"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-19-12
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Grover Gardner turns a dry book into a good listen"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    peter Houten, Netherlands 06-15-14
    peter Houten, Netherlands 06-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "In the top"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    DS NH 11-24-12
    DS NH 11-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "CHANGING ONE CHILD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY AT A TIME"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 06-21-14
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.

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    "Wow!"

    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.

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    Karole Conway, SC, United States 01-14-13
    Karole Conway, SC, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "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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