59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
First, he talked about happiness, and getting people to like you, all based on researches and studies. Self-help books are rubbish because they are based on either common sense (which is already not too bad) or completely nonsense (which is based on woo woo).
Franklin effect is very useful. I always thought if I do people favors, they would like me more. WRONG. Actually, I have to ask for favors, simple and easy to do o...more
Do you have problems? Of course you have problems. We all have problems. Maybe you want to land a new job, or lose weight or finish a project you're working on. Maybe you find that you procrastinate too much, or you don't get along with people, or you can't be creative. Maybe you just want to be happy, you poor, sad little person.
These are the kinds of problems that...more
Speaking as a former cognitive psychologist, I take issue with the interpretation of some of the results. But speaking as a former cognitive psychologist, this is the best self-help book I've read in a long, long time - and I've read a lot of 'em. The suggestions here are backed by research, and are very easy to implement. I might make a goal of focusing on one a month until I become so happy I'm insufferable.
Books in the self help genre tend to promise quick fixes grounded in little evidence (and, not uncommonly, contradicting actual evidence). Psychological literature sometimes has validated advice, but much of it, not surprisingly, requires a large investment of time and effort. Wiseman wanted to share the scientifically validated but easy to apply tips that people could use to improve their lives.
The number of quick tips w...more
There are too many pseudo-science 'self-help' guides out there, and unfortunately too many people falling for their mumbo-jumbo made-up guidance. This book plugs the gap in the market for those of us who recognise the value of self-improvement but demand 'how do you know?' of all those peddlers of advice who seem to...more
Richard Wiseman knocks my socks off every time he publishes. If you're going to read his work, though, I have a couple of caveats for you:
1. His work is non-fiction, of the sort that quotes a LOT of numbers and makes both macro- and micro-adjustments in viewpoint, sometimes within the same paragraph. If you don't read heavy-duty nonfiction well, this is the wrong author for you.
2. He uses his own work as a BASIS for his books. He uses o...more
- After experiencing a traumatic event, talking about it doesn't generally help, but writing about it does. (possibly because writing lets you organize your thoughts and create a narrative)
- As an exercise, writing...more
Wiseman clearly loves that sort of inspection. In :59 Seconds he takes us on a guided tour through all the big names in folk psychology; happiness, persuasion, motivation, creativity, attraction, stress, relationships, decision making, parenting, and personality. And as he guides, he rigorously evaluates, wit...more
The book does an excellent job at summarising (serious) psychological research into all kinds of the human psyche, including happiness, productivity, creativity, relationships etc. Each chapter ends with a vey concise section with practical tips on how to apply that chapter's ideas in less than a minute (hence the "59 seconds" in the title)....more
My focus for the year is how to be happier, so I will share these tips here, in hopes of remembering them and practicing them in my own...more
I knew Richard Wiseman from his other book "Paranormality", which I LOVED very much (debunking ghosts, spiritual experience, paranormal activities, etc).
This book was actually before Paranormality, and it is about debunking self-help myths. Many unfounded self-help advices were put under scientific scrutiny, and the book set aside the effective ones from the just plain bullshit. From happiness, romance, motivation, and a lot more. Wiseman will quote many...more
This is billed as an antidote to self help books and it's basically full of self help type techniques that have actual scientific research to back them up. I've never really read a self help book as I suspect them to be full of a load of made up nonsense and/or to point things out that are basic common sense. This either makes me a bad audience for this book, or maybe a good one, I can't decide. It's possibly aimed at both people who don't read self help books and those who read too much of them...more
The result? 59 Seconds: How Psychology Can Improve Your Life In Less Than A Minute
Richard Wiseman is a genius. A well read, scientific, humorous and sli...more
* Praying for other people will reduce my stress and improve my well-being.
* I will be more likely to achi...more
Each chapter explores a different subject in a very simple format: This...more
With only 320 pages, obviously he can't get too deep into the neuroscience, but there are plenty of citations...more
What I liked about the book is Richard Wiseman's approach. If you're looking for something from the self-help section, but you're a bit on the sceptical side, this could be a book for you. In 59 seconds, Wiseman looks at many of the traditional topics that are covered in most self-help "how to improve your life" type books (with an enormous variety in qual...more
Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. He then obtained a degree in psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Richard currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in...more