The Thinking Life by P. M. Forni
How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

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Professor Forni, founder of The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, is America's civility expert. In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught readers the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness. Now, in The Thinking Life, he looks at the importance of thinking in our lives: how we do it, why we don't do enough of it and why we need to do more of it.

In twelve short chapters, he gives readers a remedy for the Age of Distraction, an age fuelled by the internet, Blackberries and cellphones, all of which make constant demands on our attention, diverting it from one thing to another. After suggesting ways we can find time to think more, Forni shows readers how we can improve our abilities of:
-Attention
-Reflection
-Introspection
-Self-control
-Positive thinking
-Proactive thinking
-Effective decision-making strategies
-Creative thinking
-Problem-solving strategies

Just as he did with civility, he puts the importance of good thinking front and center in a book as simple and as profound as his earlier works.

 

About P. M. Forni

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P. M. Forni is an award-winning professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University and the author of The Civility Solution and other books. David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 192 pages
Genres: Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Forni (The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude, 2009, etc.) encourages the pursuit of thinking in an age when “serious thinking is often the illustrious casualty in the digital revolution.” The author explores dependency on modern technology and its associated problems but primaril...

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The first syllable of nearly every sentence begins with a lower pitch, the second syllable has a raised pitch, and the third syllable returns once again the original pitch.

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Forni (Choosing Civility) is hardly alone in thinking that we live in a short-term, fun-oriented culture in which people desperately need to (re)learn the art of reflection and deliberation.

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Thought processes such as attention, reflection, self-control, decision making, proactive thinking, positive thinking and problem solving are explored as personal skills one can acquire and use at will—if we make the time.

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In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught readers the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness.

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Spirituality & Practice

Other suggestions include turning waiting time into thinking time, finding a thinking partner and sharing notes, and keeping a journal to chart your solo thinking experiences.

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