- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pan (2 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330511602
- ISBN-13: 978-0330511605
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot Paperback – 2 Apr 2010
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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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This book was absolutely fascinating and certainly makes you think. Based upon a large body of research rather the opinion of the author there are.some. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoy Wiseman's writing. Most of the psychology material in this book I have read before. The basic premise is that it doesn't take much to change, hence the title of 59 Seconds. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason
First off - he's the embodiment of nominative determinism, having indeed become a wise man.
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Great book regardless of you knowledge of psychology. Dip in or dig deeper and be surprised at what you findPublished 6 months ago by Gordon Hunter
One of those books you don't appreciate just how much has gone in.
Off to measure fingers !
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