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The Time Paradox: Using the New Psychology of Time to Your Advantage Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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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 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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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Zimbardo explains thoroughly the impacts of these perspectives on our physical, psychological and emotional health and how to balance them for an optimised life. I realised a powerful key aspect of how I perceive time and how it has affected my life! I've been applying the knowledge in this book as I've been reading it and the results have been unbelievable. I'm so glad Zimbardo has written this book. The wealth of knowledge in it is invaluable.
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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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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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Very good ideas codified for practical application. Being totally objective I think it could have been more compressed. There are a few unsupported assertions and extrapolations and interpolations, but irrespective the book invites worthwhile self reflection.

This book has an honesty and directness that is trademark of Zimbardo's thinking.
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