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The Time Paradox: Using the New Psychology of Time to Your Advantage [Paperback]

Philip Zimbardo , John Boyd
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4 Mar 2010

Every significant choice, every important decision we make, is determined by our perception of time. This is the most influential force in our lives, yet we are virtually unaware of it. In this fascinating book, the award-winning past president of the American Psychological Association, Philip Zimbardo, and his co-author, John Boyd, show how:

- the way you perceive time is as unique as your fingerprints

- these individual time perspectives shape your life, and the world around you

- you can change the way you perceive time, so you get the most out of every minute

- if you don't, the power of time in the modern world is so immense that it will take its toll on you

The Time Paradox is a highly readable, stimulating look at a subject that absorbs us all.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rider (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846041554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846041556
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Comprehensive, admirably clear, and a delightful read" (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan)

"Reveals how to better use your most irreplaceable resource, based on solid science and timeless wisdom" (Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness)

"Compelling and practical" (Publishers Weekly)

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What Malcolm Gladwell did for snap judgements and Nassim Taleb did for random events, Philip Zimbardo does for our perceptions of time

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It was hard for me giving the book three stars in the end but in all honesty this is all I can comfortably accord it. The topic - the influence of our time perspective on the way we live our lives - is an intensely interesting one. The book starts out quite strongly in my opinion, laying out some basic time perspectives and their effects. Sadly, as you progress through it, it seems to peter out somewhat, to the point, where you feel that the last 100 or so pages bring very little additional value.

While a lot of good quality psychological research on the importance of time and ones time perspective is collated and presented, the authors do not always strike a successful balance between giving enough detail on the research to make the book meaningful, and not too much to make it akin to an academic publication - almost exclusively erring on providing too little detail in my opinion.

Some of the early chapters work better in this respect and up to a point the authors are to be applauded for not falling prey to the common temptation of organising chapters around a 'saying what they will say, saying it and then saying what they have said' approach. In other words, there is a minimum of in chapter repetition and for the first 200 pages or so, one also does not get the impression that each new chapter is just another way of saying the same thing.

Later on in the book, one very much feels that some of the fields, to which they apply their time perspective analysis are a bit tedious or even far fetched. Here, it would certainly be helpful to either add detail to solidify the case for the relevance of the examples and fields discussed, or simply to omit them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better off with alternatives on same theme 5 Jan 2014
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It's ok but Zimbardo and Boyd do not have the best writing style and much of the content is derived from better thinkers such as Kahneman
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new and different insight 27 Aug 2011
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A book which will change how you view motivation of individuals. Gives great and different insight as to how different groups think and act base on how they view time.

Both entertaining and informative!
Will modify your perspecitve of how you view your children, workers and yourself.

If you are interested in learning a new but/and truthful perspective, you must read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 22 Aug 2013
By Octavio
I've been looking for something interesting to read and this book really fulfill my expectations. This book shows a totally different way to see the world.
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