59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman
Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books)

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It's easy to make fun even of a self-help book with such academic credentials: The understanding of human relations and happiness—not to say of humanity itself—can seem so shallow...Besides, if "59 Seconds" fails to change its readers' lives, it may at least improve their cocktail-party conversation.
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A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community.

Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of “rapid change” and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: “Think a little, change a lot.”


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About Richard Wiseman

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Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., currently holds Britain’s only professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology. He is the author of four bestselling books: The Luck Factor, Quirkology, 59 Seconds, and Paranormality. He lives in the UK.
 
Published December 15, 2009 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Frank Gannon on Jan 03 2010

It's easy to make fun even of a self-help book with such academic credentials: The understanding of human relations and happiness—not to say of humanity itself—can seem so shallow...Besides, if "59 Seconds" fails to change its readers' lives, it may at least improve their cocktail-party conversation.

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