Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control” as Want to Read:
White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In a series of groundbreaking experiments, Daniel M. Wegner told subjects not to think about white bears. Of course, they found it impossible to avoid thinking of the bears--just as it often seems impossible to stop thinking about forbidden foods, a painful memory, or everyday fears and worries. Synthesizing a wealth of scientific knowledge in an accessible, engaging style ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by The Guilford Press (first published 1989)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.60  · 
Rating details
 ·  111 ratings  ·  7 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control
Michael Silverman
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every problem has an easy and swift solution, that is usually wrong.

I knew Dan Wegner as a truly impressive faculty member when I was at Harvard. When I coordinated a conference in NYC on consciousness, I invited him to speak. I was fortunate to get even the small amount of time I did with him. He was a brilliant thinker. His death represented a loss to the fields of psychology beyond measure.

This is a spectacular book that few will read. It is a bridge between cognitive science and clinical ps
...more
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, self-help
An interesting book which includes some interesting information based on a wide selection of research evidence (mainly experiments with, as I suspect from psychology, undergrads as participants). The late Daniel M Wegner has a number of funny asides which you catch you unsuspectingly and a number of interesting suggestions with regard to dealing with unwanted thoughts. However, I found myself getting a bit lost in the reams of data and found them presented a in a bit of a disorganised manner - l ...more
Thomas
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people struggling with anxious thoughts, blunted emotions, or a plague of inaction
Full review here:
http://opinionsyoudonotcareabout.word...

Some key quotes were transformative but a lot of the book was build-up. The style and humour was well-intentioned but I found it falling flat more often than not and at other times coming across as trying too hard. The big points were big, though, and the insight into myself and my thoughts, emotions, and actions this book brought to me are going to be incredibly and unexpectedly useful for personal growth and making me a better human.

RIP
...more
Timothy
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not a lot of content. Each chapter basically makes a simple psychological observation that could have been explained in one paragraph. I found most of these observations to be uninteresting anyway. I definitely do not feel like I have a better grasp on how to control my thoughts after reading this.
Geldar
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Look, a psychology book! Psychology was my major. I did a project on this book.

If you have a sucky psyche, try reading it, otherwise, just come to the pseudo-professionals with your problems (such as Mr. Gerry Norbster).
Eric
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Deeply interesting, very well written, and mostly sensible.
Loa Skywalker
rated it liked it
Apr 27, 2020
Stephen Royle
rated it liked it
Jul 15, 2019
Jessica Lemon
rated it really liked it
Jul 25, 2016
Lisa Vegan
rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2008
Kristen
rated it really liked it
Oct 01, 2007
Richard Patten
rated it it was ok
Nov 14, 2016
Cathy Kellers
rated it it was ok
Mar 20, 2015
Leslie
rated it it was amazing
Mar 16, 2013
Thanh Ha
rated it it was ok
Feb 13, 2015
Abzal
rated it really liked it
Sep 29, 2015
Dan Robertson
rated it liked it
Nov 12, 2017
Chris Branch
rated it liked it
Apr 06, 2012
Arie
rated it really liked it
May 16, 2017
Ben
rated it liked it
Jul 31, 2010
Anssi
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2018
Anita
rated it it was amazing
Aug 02, 2009
Jenn
rated it it was ok
Nov 12, 2010
Michael Reist
rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2015
Jenny
rated it really liked it
Jul 18, 2008
Scott Olejnicak
rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2015
Jeni
Nov 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Go with the obsession?
Shelley
rated it it was ok
Jan 14, 2016
Warren
rated it really liked it
Oct 05, 2017
Darcy Wallace
rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
  • Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution
  • Wilding
  • Kill the Silence: A Survivor's Life Reclaimed
  • Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain
  • The Legend of Pope Joan: In Search of the Truth
  • The Children of Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #1)
  • Help
  • La settimana bianca
  • The Exiles
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
  • Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
  • Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
See similar books…

Related Articles

For more than a decade, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the world-renowned astrophysicist and host of the popular radio and Emmy-nominated...
77 likes · 13 comments