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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511605
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and is the author of the bestselling Quirkology and 59 Seconds. He is the psychologist most frequently quoted by the British media.

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'At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' --Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem

'A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help. Challenging, uplifting and long overdue' --Derren Brown

`This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research. It could actually help you be a little happier, perform better at interviews, procrastinate less, improve your relationships, reduce your stress levels and be a better parent' --New Scientist

`A fascinating read.' --Star Magazine

`Contains dozens of fascinating and useful nuggets, and they all have science on their side.' --The Independent

'Finally, a self-help book that does away with the soul-searching. No wonder the, that Richard Wiseman's collection of scientifically supported quick fixes promising long-term change has soared up the Amazon charts... This book addresses what you're thinking right now. Cognitive-behavourial ideas can repidly change the way you think.' --Sunday Times Style

'Short and sweet: a self help book that really works. It's an engrossing read and a whole lot cheaper than therapy.' --Waitrose Weekend

'Wiseman is a brilliant name for a psychologist, and this book proves he is not misnamed. All the self help tips here are backed by scientific studies, and take less than a minute to implement... contains dozens of fascinating nuggets. Is the thought of Christmas stressing you out? Then go online and spend a minute watching a video of a cute animal...' -- Independent on Sunday Paperbacks of the Year

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'At last, a self-help book that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' Simon Singh

Welcome to the science of rapid change. In 59 Seconds psychologist Richard Wiseman exposes modern-day mind myths promoted by the self-help industry, and outlines quick and quirky techniques that help people to achieve their aims in minutes, not months.

· Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier

· Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape

· Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost


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880 of 891 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 July 2009
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This is an easy and enjoyable book to read - the kind that you can dip in and out of, picking up interesting tips along the way. For each topic, Wiseman discusses a number of research experiments (both his own and ones done by others) and then gives a number of concrete suggestions on how you can quickly implement these findings - although 59 seconds is often a stretch. And why the title of this review? Because one of the things I learned from reading this book was the fact that if you've just had a caffeinated drink, you are far more likely to be swayed by someone else's opinion!

The book is based on the premise that quick techniques can sometimes be surprisingly effective at helping us to change and explains (based on research studies) which ones work and which don't. Some examples that I found interesting were:
- a simple five day writing exercise that can lift your mood for several weeks (essentially a more structured gratitude diary)
- how spending money on experiences is a far more effective way to make yourself happy than spending it on things
- how punching a pillow to relieve anger actually increases your anger, while sitting quietly and thinking about how you benefited (or at least learned) from the experience has the opposite effect
- conversational techniques that can build instant rapport on a first date (the trick is to use topics that create intimacy)
- exercises to stimulate the unconscious mind that lead to better decision making
- simple tests to assess your child's emotional intelligence.

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244 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2009
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Richard Wiseman has journeyed into the badlands of self-help books with a train of porters carrying academic research on what actually does work when it comes to fulfilling all those rather grandiose goals(losing weight, finding (or indeed fighting as I first typed) the perfect mate, or becoming hugely rich and impossibly attractive). One effect of this is that he packs a lot more advice into the book because the researchers finish off rather quickly some of the wackier (but sadly ineffective) theories that are often used to pad out self-help manuals.

The book therefore has at least two uses. Firstly, it is amusing to see what does work and why it might work (one needs to be careful in assuming the rationales have the same degree of scientific rigour). Secondly, there is some very good advice in here if you want to deal with various problems. My favourites are smiling in front of the mirror with a pencil between your teeth (increases well-being) and the starting a difficult task so you get sucked into finishing it (defeats procrastination). Something that entertains and informs, I recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kreative_1 on 17 Feb. 2011
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I purchased this book after coming across a review for it online and noting that Derren Brown had endorsed it. I have spent quite a while reading self help books, book on NLP and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. However, I was drawn to Derren Brown's quote of `A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help'. This quote alone sums up the book. The opening page is excellent and got me hooked straight away. I have never been one for reading and sometimes find it hard to get into a book with a more complex factual subject matter. But I have to say that this book is very clearly written and easy to follow.

I have always thought that the hardest thing for any human to do is to conquer their own mind. This book helps you understand and break down hard coded negative thought patterns in a way to produce positive results in your life. And best of all, it is not done in a wishy washy way - it is done using solid science and a slice of realism, followed by an incentive to take clear action and positive steps.

I have personally made book marks and notes all over the book and I keep it in my work bag as a reference point. I know this may be a little excessive but for me at this point in my life, it is just what I need to help me achieve the goals which lead me to the world of self help in the first place. Just to finish - I have to add that there is a subtle touch of humour within this book and overall it does not get too hard core but still remains very effective. I would highly recommend this book and see no reason to give it anything over than 5 out of 5. It depends on what you are looking for I guess but I'll be surprised anyone would be truly disappointed. Great price too! Hope this helps, enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 May 2010
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This is an easy and enjoyable book to read - the kind that you can dip in and out of, picking up interesting tips along the way. For each topic, Wiseman discusses a number of research experiments (both his own and ones done by others) and then gives a number of concrete suggestions on how you can quickly implement these findings - although 59 seconds is often a stretch. And why the title of this review? Because one of the things I learned from reading this book was the fact that if you've just had a caffeinated drink, you are far more likely to be swayed by someone else's opinion!

The book is based on the premise that quick techniques can sometimes be surprisingly effective at helping us to change and explains (based on research studies) which ones work and which don't. Some examples that I found interesting were:
- a simple five day writing exercise that can lift your mood for several weeks (essentially a more structured gratitude diary)
- how spending money on experiences is a far more effective way to make yourself happy than spending it on things
- how punching a pillow to relieve anger actually increases your anger, while sitting quietly and thinking about how you benefited (or at least learned) from the experience has the opposite effect
- conversational techniques that can build instant rapport on a first date (the trick is to use topics that create intimacy)
- exercises to stimulate the unconscious mind that lead to better decision making
- simple tests to assess your child's emotional intelligence.

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