- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141042249
- ISBN-13: 978-0141042244
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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"Particularly when criticizing various failed social policies and programs, REDIRECT is sensible and reasonably convincing. Wilson...knows his behavioral research and is a fair and careful critic."-- Boston Globe
About the Author
Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has written for Science and "The New York Times," among other publications and journals, and is the author of Strangers to Ourselves, which was named by New York Times Magazine as one of the Best 100 Ideas of 2002. Wilson is also the coauthor of the best-selling social psychology textbook, now in its seventh edition.
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Yes the "story editing" approach has much in common with REBT and CBT, but the point is that those techniques have failed to take hold in the world outside the psychologist's consulting rooms. Instead, too often, individuals and organisations rely, and spend thousands of pounds, on "common sense" approaches to social and psychological problems without ever ascertaining their effectiveness. In the cases where it turns out that these interventions have no effect at all, then at least the damage is only financial, but the author also highlights instances where "common sense" approaches may have done more harm than good. The irony, as the author points out, is that the techniques that do work are often quicker and much cheaper.
The argument for randomised control trials seems to me to be worth making. Many of the people tasked with spending what is often public money on these programmes won't have had any training in how to spot snake oil. If this book prompts a few of them to ask whether and how an intervention has been evaluated before they sign the cheque, then it will have done something very worthwhile.
Unless you are a practising psychologist or a very recent psychology graduate, I guarantee that you will learn something new and interesting from this book and that the process will be quite painless!
Although that's the essence of the story editing approach - reframing your beliefs into more rational and helpful ones - very little of the technique is anything new. Rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have been outlining this technique since the 1950s. Further to this, the writer takes liberties with his story editing technique, folding in various psychological findings that only have a glancing similarity to his concept. He includes James Pennebaker's writing technique and borrows from behavioural activation therapy, ideas that don't even seem superficially related to Wilson's own definition of story editing.Read more ›
1. Common sense often does not always work: only by doing proper randomized trials can you find out whether an intervention is effective. Many of the interventions we take for granted today such as diversity programs or 'prison works' (my example) are largely unproven and may or may not be true. Is there hard evidence? is what we all must ask.
2. Story editing can be a very effective and fast way of helping people - changing people's approach and attitude by giving examples of what others in the same situation have done. I think this has strong parallels to Seligman's 'learned helplessness' where he found that people can very quickly become stuck and not see their way out of a situation. As I see it Wilson is describing the positive version of this - what I'd see as 'learned resourcefulness'. I disagree slightly with Wilson in that I don't think it's as alike to CBT (or REBT) as he thinks - CBT teaches people explicitly to recognize the issue and act consciously; Wilson's story-editing approach is often implicit and not explained. But that's a minor quibble.
An easy to read, interesting book.
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This is a brilliant book. One of my favourites (and I've read thousands). Yes, the title may not be clear, but the content is compelling. Read morePublished 5 months ago by dms
'Above all, when someone proposes a way to make you happier or more tolerant of others, turn you into a better parent, or help your children avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adam Knowles
Utterly fascinating, exposing how costly the damage that blind faith in 'common sense' can be, and the need for testing the results of so many initiatives.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
An unusual and thought provoking book that looks at the power of storying to change human behaviorPublished 20 months ago by J. Hughes
Whilst I applaud attempts to alleviate unease for people who feel that they have come to a point of despair, I also abhor the way in which psychology treats human beings like... Read morePublished 21 months ago by smokey
Like a couple of other reviewers I found this book intriguing and ultimately disappointing. I must have read a different book to the people quoted on the cover! Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by John M Fisher
The book is most interesting. It was delivered on time and is good value. The section casting doubt on the value of CISD was of particular interestPublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by Richard B
Very exciting research and results also! The story editing approeach for psychological change does make a lot of sense and ties in well with his first book as well as other... Read morePublished on 6 April 2012 by Michael LR