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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

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"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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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.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 03-19-12

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.

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  • Mitchell
  • Oakville, WA, United States
  • 09-29-11

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • peter
  • Houten, Netherlands
  • 06-15-14

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.

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  • 11-24-12

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.

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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.

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  • Scott
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 07-19-12

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.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 06-21-14

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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Interesting read, but not much learned

Seems a bit redundant with other work on persuasion. I was interested in learning what narratives work best for people and how to develop those in your own life. This book, while I appreciate the scientific rigor, seemed to really only offer a few stories for very specific cases like teens you want to keep on straight and narrow or people who want to improve grades (but only if you are a minority considered bad at it). Not a lot of universal value. More for parents than others.

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The Science of No Change

Count me in with the list of reviewers who felt deceived by the title. This would be a good introductory book about the value of scientific rigor. Beyond that it offered very little in the way of "surprising new science of psychological change." I was hoping for something along the lines of Mindset by Carol Dweck. The book was so negative, I laughed out loud when he said the don't laugh at me campaigned failed impart because people aren't motivated by negations.

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  • Jim
  • 04-22-12

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