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Rip It Up: The radically new approach to changing your life [Paperback]

Richard Wiseman
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18 July 2013

Rip up this book and unleash your hidden potential

Most self-help books encourage you to think differently; to think yourself thin, imagine a richer self or to visualize the perfect you. This is difficult, time consuming and often doesn’t work.

Drawing on a dazzling array of scientific evidence, psychologist Richard Wiseman presents a radical new insight that turns conventional self-help on its head: simple physical actions represent the quickest, easiest and most powerful way to instantly change how you think and feel.

So don't just think about changing your life. Do it.

*Discover the simple idea that changes everything

*Lose weight

* Stop smoking

* Feel instantly younger


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447236858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447236856
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,955 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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Praise for Richard Wiseman's "59 Seconds"

"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 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 rapidly 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas, including deception, luck, humour and the paranormal. He is the author of the international bestseller 59 Seconds, is frequently quoted by the media and his research has been featured on over 150 television programmes across the world.

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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 59 Seconds: Part Two 7 July 2012
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Okay. I'm a big fan of Richard Wiseman: I love his work and the way he approaches books and the self-help arena itself. However, I have been a little disappointed with this latest effort.

As previous reviewers have said, it basically is a document arguing for the effectiveness of William James's seminal theory that acting 'as if' will predicate those behaviours. So, to feel in love all you simply need to do is act 'as if' you're in love and let your body physiology and sub conscious do the rest.

Each chapter focuses on the application of this theory to different generic self-help type labels (eg love, depression, will etc) with plenty of practical exercises backed up by various evidence. While this is interesting for the first couple of chapters it pretty quickly becomes a bit formulaic and 'samey' - there are only a finite ways of describing how to act 'as if'. Furthermore the references are generally very old and don't really go into enough depth to back up the assertions - results are solely attributed to the success of the 'as if' formula when other variables could have also explained it.

I also found quite a lot of duplicity from 59 Seconds, although Wiseman himself admits this.

All in all I enjoyed the book and like the main premise that something so simple can be effective in changing someone's life but I don't think this is anything new or revolutionary. I'm still a great fan of Wiseman and his work - he's doing a great deal of good for the industry and this book is easy to read and even easier to apply. I applaud his humour and style of writing - you'll get through this book in a couple of hours.

If you're going to buy a self-help book then you could do a lot worse than this, but get it with 59 Seconds and read both.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Fundamentally, there's nothing new in the central idea of this book but Wiseman typically puts it forward in a modern, thought-provoking & thoroughly digestible manner. It's based on an idea first put forward over 100 years ago by psychologist William James (brother of novelist Henry James) which Wiseman says is well-known in academic papers but is rarely mentioned in books aimed at the public. He's also backed up James' theory with some modern-day experiments.

The idea is that we have confused the horse with the cart - that instead of investing time & money in self-help books which tell us how to change the very way we think, it's far easier to change the way we act in simple & subtle ways. It's essentially faking it until you make it. Want to feel happier? Force yourself to smile & you will actually feel better. Want to be more confident? Stand in a confident pose & it will effect how you see yourself.

Can it really be that simple? Apparently so. But Wiseman emphasises that the real challenge is in acting in a new way, instead of going back to our old habits. Hence the title - at certain points, Wiseman asks up to rip up certain pages in the book. That's because it's something we wouldn't usually do, so it will prepare us to do other things which we wouldn't usually do.

I'm sure I've heard this idea somewhere before, or perhaps it's merely something which I intuitively suspected. But knowing something in theory is one thing - having Wiseman's practical & well-researched tips into how to put it into practise is another.

Anyway, Wiseman's wise words encouraged me to give it a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As if, fake it until you make it. 15 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
According to Richard Wiseman, you shouldn't think about changing how you think and feel,
you should just act as if you were the person you want to be!
I.e. fake it until you make it! Want to feel happier? Force yourself to smile! Want to be more confident? Stand in a confident pose! etc.
Indeed, it's far easier to change the way we act than changing the way we think.
And, interesting, a change in thinking might follow right after a change in acting.

Richard Wiseman is inspired by american philosopher and psychologist William James.
In one thought experiment, James considered the question, do we run from a bear because we are afraid or are we afraid because we run? And came up with the idea, that the obvious answer, that we run because we are afraid, was wrong, and instead argued that we are afraid because we run.
Our minds perception is the emotion.
Wiseman takes it further: So, to feel in love, all you simply need to do is act ''as if'' you're in love and let your body physiology and sub conscious do the rest...

In the book, Wiseman gives us many examples that seems to indicate that this is actually true. I especially enjoyed Joshua Ian Davis work with women who had just undergone treatment with Botox injections. Botox might give a more youthful appearance, but it will also allow fewer facial expressions. And sure enough, inhibiting peoples behaviour and facial expressions prevents them from feeling certain emotions...
Memory is also affected. According to experiments by Simone Schnall and James Laird, when people adopted a happy facial expression, they tended to remember more positive moments from their lives, and when they looked sad, they were inclined to remember more negative moments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
Great book, one of the best I've bought, needs a few reads as its very entertaining, I am a sales manager and some of the experiments case studies are fascinating.
Published 2 months ago by David Mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, funny and useful
Saying "This book can change your life" sounds like an absolute cliché, but it can.

If you want to change your behaviours and improve your life, this book... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave L
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and pragmatic
I am a little puzzled by one or two of the mixed reviews accorded to this book. It seems to be being criticised for repeating some of the ideas in 59 Seconds or for being generally... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. N. D. Timperley
4.0 out of 5 stars Appreciated xmas pressie
I purchased this for my husband as a present. He said that it was a really good book...so worth purchasing, if you are into that kind of thing...
Published 9 months ago by Martika Chisnall
3.0 out of 5 stars all right
Though well written I would not recommend as and aid to golf. More an aid to general psychology of life than golf.
Published 13 months ago by andy dunne
3.0 out of 5 stars one time reading
I don't understand why the author tells stories in simple and clear words, but the conclusions in awkward and difficult words or phrases which make one wonder what he is driving... Read more
Published 14 months ago by goldwayne
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent enough read but rather waffly, not one of his best
I am a fan of Dr Wiseman but this is not one of his best books. His basic concept is 'Fake it till you make it', or modelling, I suppose. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells you the how as well as the why
Another great, articulate, funny and incredibly useful book from Richard Wiseman. Upbeat, practical things to do to change your life. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yvonne Carruthers
3.0 out of 5 stars A non-revolutionary but still useful thought
The main idea presented in this book is that you can evoke an emotion by enacting a behaviour. For example, you can make yourself feel happy just by smiling. Read more
Published 16 months ago by A reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining but not really radical
I would have to agree with other reviewer's observations that this is 59 seconds part 2. Again it is a fun idea with references to studies but written in an easy style that would... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephen Green
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