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25 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life

25 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Linda Elder , Richard Paul

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Elder and Paul, both specialists in the area of critical thinking, present a 25-step plan for overcoming bad thinking habits and, in turn, improving one’s quality of life. Starting with the premise that faulty reasoning is at the heart of most problems, the authors provide daily exercises that focus on a particular habit. For instance, on day three (integrity), readers are asked to notice contradictions in their behavior and reduce hypocrisy. Strategies for achieving results are given every step of the way; readers are encouraged to keep a journal of daily progress. In its brevity and usefulness to all sectors of the population, this book is recommended for all public libraries.


(Library Journal, 5/1/2006)

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You are what you think! Take control of your thinking...and start living life to the fullest! In just 25 days, you can discover how to cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life–from work and money to your intimate relationships. Discover how to overcome bad thinking habits caused by self-delusion or out-of-control emotions...clarify what you really want...recognize what you don’t know. Ask the right questions...resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy...Avoid worrying, conformism, and blame!

  • 25 powerful ways to improve your thinking–and make smarter, better decisions.
  • Stop deceiving yourself: Overcome built-in self-delusion, wishful thinking, and worrying.
  • Use better thinking to make better decisions at work, at home, and throughout your life.
  • Critically evaluate what you’re told by advertisers, politicians, your boss...even your family!
  • Quick, practical, easy to use! Includes daily/weekly action plans, progress notes, and more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 253 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (22 Mar 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000P28WPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide. Highly recommended. 18 Jan 2008
By Sue Jenkins - Published on
The book is organized into 25 daily readings, and postulates that by focusing our attention on certain ways of thinking, we can become a more critical thinker, which in turn helps us "observe, monitor, analyze, assess, and reconstruct" our thinking, which can help us live better lives.

After reading this book for the prescribed 25 days, I have to agree that my thinking did improve and my life was made richer by focusing my attention on the daily thinking goals. For example, Day 9 has you thinking through implications; on Day 14 you are to stop thinking like a conformist; and on Day 21 you are to strive to be a citizen of the world.

Once you read through the book, the authors suggest turning this 25 day plan into a 25 week plan whereby you'd focus on each single day's thinking suggestion for an entire week. I will definitely read this book again and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but really expensive 4 April 2012
By Douglas - Published on
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Maybe I'm just a cheapskate but I have no idea why this book is so freakishly expensive compared to all other books out there especially since it's so short. I received the digital copy for free but I still take issue with the fact that the ebook is listed for $16.

That being said, it is a fairly good book but don't think that this is going to magically change your life, especially for the price tag. It does offer some food for thought that I think everyone should have the chance to mull over. I like that the authors included the intellectual angle in the book too. I think that's often neglected.

Politically I agree with the authors 115% but I don't agree that their vision of a healthy person is the only way to be a healthy person. I would have liked to see a little more balance and maybe less political stuff (even though I absolutely agree with the "citizen of the world" part). I think it would have been better to just focus on the critical thinking angle and bring up those questions for the reader to wrestle with. When you get into telling a person what the best way to think about a situation is you're not helping them live their life better you're just reinforcing what it is they've been doing before they read your book - to blindly accept whatever someone tells them as the truth.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, but very 'wordy'... 16 Aug 2011
By Sarah Malcolm - Published on
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This certainly isn't a bad book if you're looking to make lasting changes in your life. I'm working my way through the steps and there certainly has been one or two lightbulb moments.

I personally found that the language it was written in was more 'academic' than 'self-help' for me. Of course, this works for some people, but I personally much prefer a lighter read. Plus, for a Kindle ebook, this is certainly up there with the most expensive! I think that the excellent (and much easier read) - Instant Confidence: 92 Tips On How To Build Confidence To Develop Self Confidence And Self Esteem would perfectly complement this book, as it's one thing to change your thoughts, but it's another to make sure that your confidence stays on course with the 'new you'!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Past the PC/Agenda to the Good Parts 26 Oct 2012
By DMC - Published on
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I was excited when I began reading this book as it contained a great list of ideas and seemed to be on track with other critical thinking books I have read. It gave solid ideas on how to look and evaluate your thinking. THEN.... it went off the cliff for me. Interjecting strong and often ultra liberal politically correct perspectives on world/state/government issues that really were a turn off. It is too bad because there are some great ideas in the book. I almost stopped reading it because of the jamming of an agenda into it-- but I carried on and found more useful information.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me think 27 Sep 2012
By jilly - Published on
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The most interesting thing revealed to me was to put myself in the other persons perspective-listening to what the other person has to offer. I found that I would like to keep revisiting the book to reinforce it so perhaps I can change my way of thinking.
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Critical thinking is the disciplined art of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of in any set of circumstances. &quote;
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It is impossible to make significant progress as a thinker if you maintain the myth that you are exceptional. The fact is that feeling exceptional is not at all exceptional. It is common. What is exceptional is the recognition that you are not exceptional—that you, like everyone else, are a self-deceived, self-centered person. &quote;
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