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Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd

The Time Paradox

There are plenty of hours in the day, but time is one thing we never seem to have enough of. In The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd argue that the way we think of time plays an important part in how we live our lives.

The book introduces various time perspectives - do we think mostly about the future, the present or the past, and are our thoughts about them positive or negative? The authors give advice on what you should do to gain a better perspective on time - try to get a future perspective, but don't let it dominate your life. Zimbardo describes how he followed a future oriented university career, and on retirement realised that he should think of enjoying the present more.

The trouble is that the more I thought about what the authors were saying, the more problems I saw with it. Frenetic activity isn't necessarily due to thinking about the needs of the future. And much of what it thought of as present hedonism -overeating or gambling for instance - isn't so much about being happy in the moment as not knowing what will make you happy. The problems of boredom are hardly touched upon at all. In conclusion, the book has some interesting ideas and useful advice, but I don't think it lives up to its revolutionary claims. info
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ISBN: 1416541993
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Product Description
Now in paperback, this breakthrough book on the new psychological science of time by one of the most influential living psychologists—the New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect—and his research partner launched on the front page of USA TODAY "Lifestyle" with a Time Survey and on CBS Morning Show.

This is the first paradox of time: Your attitudes toward time have a profound impact on your life and world, yet you seldom recognize it. Our goal is to help you reclaim yesterday, enjoy today, and master tomorrow with new ways of seeing and working with your past, present, and future.

Just as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences permanently altered our understanding of intelligence and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink gave us an appreciation for the adaptive unconscious, Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s new book changes the way we think about and experience time. It will give you new insights into how family conflicts can be resolved by ways to enhance your sexuality and sensuality, and mindsets for becoming more successful in business and happier in your life. Based on the latest psychological research, The Time Paradox is both a "big think" guide for living in the twenty-first century and one of those rare self-help books that really does have the power to improve lives.