- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Penguin (31 de enero de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0141042249
- ISBN-13: 978-0141042244
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Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 31 ene 2013
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"Particularly when criticizing various failed social policies and programs, REDIRECT is sensible and reasonably convincing. Wilson...knows his behavioral research and is a fair and careful critic."-- Boston Globe
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Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson, author of Strangers to Ourselves, whose work has been acclaimed by writers such as Malcolm Gladwell, is a groundbreaking book of psychology that shows how changing the stories we tell about ourselves can help solve our problems.
Why will most self help books leave you worse off? How do youth rehabilitation programmes backfire? And how can one volunteer help the whole of society? Redirecting the stories you tell about yourself - and changing the stories others are telling about themselves - can help everyone, whether improving education and parenting skills or reducing crime, teen pregnancies, and drug and alcohol abuse.
This timely book offers practical advice that has been proven to give real results. Redirect will show you exactly how you can be happier and more successful, using only the power of your own stories.
Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Strangers to Ourselves, which was named by New York Times Magazine as one of the Best 100 Ideas of 2002, and is co-author of the bestselling Social Psychology textbook, now in its seventh edition. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
'A masterpiece' Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink
'This may well be the single most important psychology book ever written' Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
'A stimulating, valuable read' New Scientist
'With a deft narrative touch . . . and a ferocious commitment to scientific evidence, Timothy Wilson has made a remarkable contribution to knowledge' Robert Cialdini, author of Influence
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What I was looking for, based on the title, was a well researched and tested treatise on helping adults (and teams) constructively redirect their inner stories away from their personal limitations and obstacles and toward achieving their bigger goals. Something similar in nature to Kelly McGonigal's "The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can Do To Get More Of It", Carol Dweck's "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" and Daniel Siegel's "Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation." Intuitively, the title of Timothy Wilson's "Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change" makes the book sound like it could be on the same shelf with these other self-understanding and personal transformation writings.
Certainly the first and third chapters, "Redirect: Small Edits, Lasting Changes" and "Shaping Our Narratives: Increasing Personal Well-Being" are what one might anticipate from Wilson's title. The second chapter, "Testing, Testing: Does It Work?" contributes additional food for thought ... but with controversial conclusions. Placebo effects are often found where human behavior and well-being are influenced by human perceptions and expectations! That said, Wilson's point is well made: we should define our expected results and measure to ensure that our interventions are making useful differences.
While the remaining seven chapters are very interesting, these chapters focus predominantly on either raising children or remediating youth social problems ... two very important areas of concern, however not the areas implied by the title. There are too few insights into helping adults `redirect their stories' toward increased well-being.
Where "Redirect's" apparent objective was in encouraging us to redirect our personal stories toward achieving more successful results, "Redirect's" more emphatic theme seems to be about scientific testing for intervention results. That said, I also believe there are many significant ideas within Wilson's writing.
I recommend Redirect with the caveat that many of the fundamental ideas may be significantly less applicable for use with `transforming' adult behaviors.
Tim Wilson introduces these counterintuitive research findings and ties them together with his useful and powerful theory called story-editing. Parents can use story-editing to raise healthy and ethical children. Teachers can use story-editing to get their students to study harder. And psychologists can use story-editing to help trauma victims recover.
Wilson's premise is that we view our world through narratives, "narratives we construct about ourselves and the social world." We can improve our thinking by altering negative narratives. "Small changes in people's narratives," Wilson writes, "can have a lasting impact on their behavior." Wilson distinguishes his approach from self-help positive thinking advanced by Rhonda Byrne. Story-editing, unlike The Secret, has a robust scientific basis.
Wilson organizes the book into applications of theory. Here is a quick, overly simplified overview of some of the applications.
Parenting children: Label kids as helpful to encourage them to focus on others. When they mess up, label their feelings as guilt. Give them latitude to make their own decisions. "The idea is to gently guide one's kids in the right direction while giving them the sense that they are making the choices themselves," Wilson writes. And don't use incentives that are overly powerful because your children will not develop internal motivation.
Teaching teenagers: Get teenagers to engage in regular volunteer work. This gets to change their narrative from alienation to belonging.
Trauma victims: Use the Pennebaker writing technique in which, after waiting some time after the event to gain some distance, write about the event for 15 minutes on each of four consecutive days. Wilson says, "this is a simple yet powerful way of making sense of confusing, upsetting episodes in our lives, giving us some closure and allowing us to move on." The key to this approach, Wilson says, is to achieve a detachment and distance from the event first and then write in order to interpret it differently.
Anyone looking for a happiness boost: Use a twist on the gratitude journal by using the "George Bailey technique." Write about something you are grateful for by writing about all the ways the good thing might not have occured. Or try the "best possible self" exercise, in which you write about the best possible outcome for your future life.
Wilson also includes extended discussions of how story-editing can reduce college alcohol use, encourage cross-racial relations, and lessen the achievement gap. Wilson's approach makes intuitive sense, and it is backed up by dozens of research studies. According to Wilson, anyone can use this approach to raise happier children, teach students more effectively, and live a happier life. Plus, it helps us understand why previous strategies--like D.A.R.E. and post-trauma debriefing--did more harm than good.
I have purchased this book for others and recommend it for anyone I meet with is "stuck". Thank you Dr. Wilson!