Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

Wilson, Timothy D.
ISBN:
9780316051880

"There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. REDIRECT is a masterpiece." -Malcolm Gladwell What if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager's behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? There is no such pill, but story editing - the scientifically based approach described in REDIRECT - can accomplish all of this. The world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows us how to redirect the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. Fascinating, groundbreaking, and practical, REDIRECT demonstrates the remarkable power small changes can have on the ways we see ourselves and our environment, and how we can use this in our everyday lives. Editorial Reviews From Barnes & Noble That Malcolm Gladwell strongly praises this new book by University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy D. Wilson is totally understandable. Like Gladwell, Dr. Wilson proposes radical new slants on accepted truths by applying recent scientific research. Redirect piques our interest by asking provocative questions: Why might some sex education programs actually result in more teen pregnancies? Why do some self-help books leave you less happy and self-confident? (P.S. Wilson possesses enviable credentials, having been lauded as "one of the most brilliant, creative, and respected psychologists of his generation.") Evening Standard "Accessible, engaging and consistently WTF-worthy...an instant classic of popular science." New Scientist Culture Lab "For those...who find in social psychology a viable vehicle for leading us more surely on the path towards what is true, right and good, REDIRECT is likely to be a stimulating, valuable read." Science "In clear prose that does not trivialize the science, Wilson reviews the many success stories in social psychology....As the scientist Paul C. Stern once wrote, a policy objective of science is to 'separate common sense from common nonsense and make uncommon sense more common.' Wilson's book does science and society a great service by accomplishing precisely this." Boston Globe "Particularly when criticizing various failed social policies and programs, REDIRECT is sensible and reasonably convincing. Wilson...knows his behavioral research and is a fair and careful critic." Daily Progress "REDIRECT is a 10-chapter treasure trove of information on various aspects of social psychology....The man who wrote REDIRECT is patently honest and fair in his assessments of all the barriers keeping any of us from being all we can, and might, be....[It's] a book to stir all of one's human instincts and curiosity." James W. Pennebaker "Timothy Wilson's book Redirect reminds me why I became a social psychologist. Without solid laboratory and real world research, some of society's most important decisions can easily be guided by faulty beliefs. The genius of Wilson's book is that it points out how mistakes can be made and, at the same time, how research can help us to correct these errors. This should be required reading for any well-intentioned person who wants to make the world a better place. It brings together central issues in psychology, public policy, community activism, and science." Greg Walton "One of the foremost psychologists of our time, Timothy Wilson shows us that solving endemic social problems and making ourselves happier, healthier, and more successful is within our grasp. Redirect reveals the hidden meanings we assume in our everyday lives, how these meanings shape our behavior, and how we can change our assumptions and the world. Extraordinary." David G. Myers "Renowned social psychologist Timothy Wilson writes for those of us who want to make a real difference in our worlds and not just to fool ourselves into thinking we're doing so. With wit and wisdom, he shows us how to spare ourselves worthless or worse interventions, think smarter, and live well." Carol Dweck "Redirect is a great book! In his uniquely engaging way, Wilson shows how simple techniques can deliver large and lasting personal changes--and convinces us that only good research can give us these techniques." Daniel M. Wegner "Wouldn't it be amazing if a very smart scientist could write a book on happiness, crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, parenting, and teenage pregnancy-and sum up all the research in clear and surprising lessons on how we should live our lives? Well, Timothy Wilson is the scientist and Redirect is the book, and it is in fact amazing." Daniel Gilbert "This glorious book shimmers with insights-an instant classic that will be discussed and quoted for generations. One of the great psychologists of our time, Timothy Wilson has distilled the field's wisdom and shown us how to use it to change ourselves and the world. This may well be the single most important psychology book ever written. Not to be missed!" Robert Cialdini "With a deft narrative touch, an engaging metaphor for bringing about psychological change personal story editing, and a ferocious commitment to scientific evidence, Timothy Wilson has made a remarkable contribution to knowledge." Sonja Lyubomirsky "Is it possible to reinvent ourselves, transform our children, and improve our communities? Professor Timothy Wilson proposes an idea that many readers will find revolutionary - namely, that the most effective methods are often deceptively simple. What matters most is not pressuring the people that we want to change, but subtly helping them to shift the stories that they tell about themselves. Whether you are a parent, educator, employer, or simply someone who cares about making the world a better place, you should read this book." Malcolm Gladwell "There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece." From the Publisher "There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece."--Malcolm Gladwell "Accessible, engaging and consistently WTF-worthy...an instant classic of popular science."--Evening Standard "This presents a fascinating argument for how humans make sense of the world."--Library Journal "[In Redirect], a keen observer of the human condition explains how tweaking our personal narratives can have a huge effect on our lives."--Kirkus Reviews "For those...who find in social psychology a viable vehicle for leading us more surely on the path towards what is true, right and good, Redirect is likely to be a stimulating, valuable read."--New Scientist Culture Lab "With a deft narrative touch, an engaging metaphor for bringing about psychological change (personal story editing), and a ferocious commitment to scientific evidence, Timothy Wilson has made a remarkable contribution to knowledge."--Robert Cialdini, author of Influence "Whether you are a parent, educator, employer, or simply someone who cares about making the world a better place, you should read this book."--Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness "Redirect is a great book!"--Carol Dweck, PhD, author of Mindset "Wouldn't it be amazing if a very smart scientist could write a book on happiness, crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, parenting, and teenage pregnancy--and sum up all the research in clear and surprising lessons on how we should live our lives? Well, Timothy Wilson is the scientist and Redirect is the book, and it is in fact amazing."--Daniel M. Wegner, Harvard University, author of The Illusion of Conscious Will "Redirect reveals the hidden meanings we assume in our everyday lives, how these meanings shape our behavior, and how we can change our assumptions and the world. Extraordinary."--Greg Walton, PhD, Department of Psychology, Stanford University"This should be required reading for any well-intentioned person who wants to make the world a better place."--James W. Pennebaker, author of The Secret Life of Pronouns "This glorious book shimmers with insights. Timothy Wilson has distilled the field's wisdom and shown us how to use it

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