Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the radical argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions�Can we train our fo...more
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I wanted specific strategies and suggestions for increasing the amount of time I spend in deep work (getting off Goodreads would probably be a good start). Instead I got a book of fluff and padding.
Winifred Gallagher revolutionizes our understanding of attention and the creation of the interested life
In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the radical argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questionsCan we train our focus? Whats different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making bi
Completely rapt while reading this book at the gym, I was startled when the gym staff member alerted me that the gym was about to close. Apparently, I missed the announcement. Now, if that's not a convincing testimony for the captivating factor of this book, I'm not sure what is.
The basic premise of _Rapt_ is: "Your life--who you are, what you think, feel and do, what you love--is the sum of what you focus on." It not what happens to happens to you that matter...more
I heard about this book on the radio a while back. I’m guessing it was NPR, but I could be wrong. It’s been on my TBR list for a while, and after seeing it on the shelf at the library the other day, I thought I’d finally pick...more
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi introduced us to Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience in 1991. New developments in neuroscience have since revealed even more abo...more
The meat of the book is sandwiched in the middle, where the author guides the reader through the leading research on focus and attention. We learn that attention can be diffuse or focused, and ther...more
but one thing it does do is to remind us how much our tech life...more
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"'Rapt’ Gains Attention from NYT
Are library buyers multitasking too much to keep track of Winifred Gallagher’s new book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life? It’s jumped to #26 on Amazon.com after a New York Times “Science” section story by John Tierney on “The Science of Concentration,” and by critic Laura Miller in Salon. Yet the libraries we checked showed low ordering (in some cases, no copies; in others, a single copy against 35 or more requests).
I think decision making and focusing our attention are the challenges of our age. We have so much to cho...more
Gallagher's fascinating book, which analyzes the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, easily translates difficult concepts into layman's terms. She includes contemporary and historical examples of men and women, including Mozart and Tiger Woods, whose ability to concentrate led to their successes. Gallagher's writing is engaging and accessible, and her suggestions for a more focused life range from the mystical (meditation) to the ordinary (separating oneself from distractions.) Criti...more
After listening to 3.1 (out of 7 or 8) CD's, I happily returned this book and checked out another. Not that I didn't learn anything. Well I didn't. I might have eventually. But I did gain some rei...more
Winifred Gallagher was a mother of two young girls when she was diagnosed with a cancer that had a great chance of ending her life. Understandably, her mind was full of dread and terror that she would leave her girls motherless. Since she might be living her final days, she decided to focus on, and pay attention to, the things that gave her joy. Her children, a sunset, her family....
Her life changed. While she dealt with bad news on the medical front, she enjoy...more
I learned a lot about myself by *actively* reading this book, and got some insights into why I do certain things and how I might approach o...more
In Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life the author, Winifred Gallagher, does an excellent job of covering the relevant neurological and psychological knowledge of how attention works. But I was hoping for more "attention" to the "Focused Life" part of the book's subtitle. Still, there is a lot of good stuff in the book.
Gallagher starts by explaining the latest research on how attention works. She notes that attention is regulated in two ways. Top down attention is regulated by your will. The oth...more
Gallagher learned about the power of attention for ill or for good when she was diagnosed with cancer and decided not to le...more
A. You have never r...more
The fact is that we're all moving at full speed all the time, barely allowing our attention to land anywhere before flitting off again to the next shiny th...more
One contributing factor to losing my interest was that the author was perhaps too thorough with her coverage of the topic of attention. Fo...more
1) Get absorbed in whatever task is at hand, and try to battle distraction and boredom by further looking at your current project/work and try seeing it from a different perspective. Can you approach it in a more creative way?
1a) This "respondent" or "experiential" way of focus is the kind where vegan artists' balls drop after touchin...more
As the author does, I feel like focus is the key to many of the things we do. Rather than a...more
It covers various areas such as mindfulness, meditation, Buddhism, psychology, philosophy, the medication nation, etc, and puts for...more