- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (18 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447236858
- ISBN-13: 978-1447236856
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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"
"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"
"A fascinating read."
"Contains dozens of fascinating and useful nuggets, and they all have science on their side."
"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."
"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
Acclaimed psychologist and bestselling author, Richard Wiseman, introduces a powerful new psychological theory that will transform your life in an instantSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book for people who want to improve their attitude and level of contentment.Published 9 months ago by Sue
If you are not into NLP but want to change you life then I can recommend this book and all the Prof Wiseman books they highly researched and entertainingly written!Published 14 months ago by Dr Grumpy
As we've come to expect from Richard Wiseman; impeccably researched, fabulously informative, and dangerously humorous. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ron H