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~DOWNLOAD PDF ♍ The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life ☪ Your Every Significant Choice Every Important Decision You Make Is Determined By A Force Operating Deep Inside Your Mind Your Perspective On Time Your Internal, Personal Time Zone This Is The Most Influential Force In Your Life, Yet You Are Virtually Unaware Of It Once You Become Aware Of Your Personal Time Zone, You Can Begin To See And Manage Your Life In Exciting New Ways In The Time Paradox, Drs Zimbardo And Boyd Draw On Thirty Years Of Pioneering Research To Reveal, For The First Time, How Your Individual Time Perspective Shapes Your Life And Is Shaped By The World Around You Further, They Demonstrate That Your And Every Other Individual S Time Zones Interact To Create National Cultures, Economics, And Personal Destinies You Will Discover What Time Zone You Live In Through Drs Zimbardo And Boyd S Revolutionary Tests Ask Yourself Does The Smell Of Fresh Baked Cookies Bring You Back To Your Childhood Do You Believe That Nothing Will Ever Change In Your World Do You Believe That The Present Encompasses All And The Future And Past Are Mere Abstractions Do You Wear A Watch, Balance Your Checkbook, And Make To Do Lists Every Day Do You Believe That Life On Earth Is Merely Preparation For Life After Death Do You Ruminate Over Failed Relationships Are You The Life Of Every Party Always Late, Always Laughing, And Always Broke These Statements Are Representative Of The Seven Most Common Ways People Relate To Time, Each Of Which, In Its Extreme, Creates Benefits And Pitfalls The Time Paradox Is A Practical Plan For Optimizing Your Blend Of Time Perspectives So You Get The Utmost Out Of Every Minute In Your Personal And Professional Life As Well As A Fascinating Commentary About The Power And Paradoxes Of Time In The Modern World No Matter Your Time Perspective, You Experience These Paradoxes Only By Understanding This New Psychological Science Of Time Zones Will You Be Able To Overcome The Mental Biases That Keep You Too Attached To The Past, Too Focused On Immediate Gratification, Or Unhealthily Obsessed With Future Goals Time Passes No Matter What You Do It S Up To You To Spend It Wisely And Enjoy It Well Here S How
For those who have studied psychology as an undergraduate or graduate student, you know Zimbardo, and probably from peer reviewed journals This book is a nice gift to the mass market Zimbardo attempts to write in a way that is digestible to the general public, but certainly the scientist in him shows I find his work fascinating The use of individuals time perspectives to describe their abilities to understand, engage in, and respond to problems, both at the individual and societal levels, is simply interesting He offers analysis of some rather intense problems, such as describing the possible orientation of suicide bombers, among many other situations by which we are all bothered I also like the appeal to the mental health field Zimbardo presents research on happiness and how to improve, using the concepts of time perspective, your overall well being. I was very disappointed w this book I really liked The Lucifer Effect but this book really seems to have very little that wasn t obvious. I quite enjoyed reading this book, so if a star rating is an attempt to reflect the reading experience I d be forced to give it five our of five However, I feel I ought to talk about the merits and faults of the book itself, which ends up falling squarely at the eh point on the meter.When I first heard that the famed Philip Zimbardo was tackling the subject of time in psychology, I was so excited that I stayed up late one night listening to hour long lectures on the internet and immediately added this book to my purchase queue I m a dork, I know Partly as a result of this and partly due to my scientific disposition, I was than a little disappointed with this book when it came time to actually read through it.Its main issue is that, while the book is thoroughly grounded in the actual science of psychology insofar as psychology can be said to be a proper science , it is written and constructed in such a way as to read much like one of those dreaded and rightfully derided self help books I was a bit surprised not see an endorsement by Oprah.However, this in itself is not enough for the book to fail as an enterprise Despite my disdain for the genre, I am nowhere near close minded enough to write something off simply because it makes use of conventions which do not appeal to me What let me finally dismiss this was the fault in the science itself I do not know enough about the actual experimentation that resulted in many of the statistics and analyses in the book itself, so I sadly cannot speak as to how research into this book s central topic can be improved This is unfortunate, as I think the topic itself is fascinating, however flawed the conclusions of the book might be My issue with the science of the book, however, lies with its transparent and largely unaddressed bias.I laud the authors inclusion of the Holistic Present as an experience worth addressing, but so much of the rest of the book shows if not an ignorance of cultures outside the authors then at least an offhand dismissal of them The authors associate being religious with a high tendency toward the transcendental future, something that applies only to the Abrahammic religions and even then only to the mainstream interpretations thereof They isolate Buddhism as worth examining an excellent idea but lump Hinduism and all Chinese religions into a vast and nebulous other category I understand if this is due to the statistical sample used for the development of this theory, but if that s the case then they really should have pursued broadening such data to refine their theory long before going so far as to publish a pop science book about it Further, even within the religious and cultural paradigm that the authors grew up in white, wealthy, Christian, western countries , oversimplifications of subcultural distinctions abound For instance, Zimbardo being of Italian descent briefly examines the differences between southern and northern Italy, and offers a disturbingly simplistic view on this complex relationship He does something similar with the economic differences between dominantly Catholic and dominantly Protestant countries, which feels almost like stereotyping.Perhaps worst of all, though, is a much personal type of bias that displays itself throughout the book a time perspective bias While the authors spend some time addressing its negative influences surely anticipating this particular criticism , the vast majority of the book makes the Future time perspective specifically the planner archetype look like the Philosopher s Stone of modern psychology Extensive lengths of text are devoted to the ways in which Futures are superior to the rest of us, and how we can all be like them I have never in my life been less shocked by a twist than when the authors reveal their own time perspective profiles and they are astoundingly close to what the book portrays as the ideal balance.I must admit, at this point, that much of the data displayed in the book supports these conclusions In fact, the authors are excellently deft at backing up their assertions with the results of experiments or research they ve conducted This is admirable However, I cannot help but to be conclusion shatteringly skeptical of any result so clear cut and so seemingly advantageous Oh, look at that, one might say after an experiment, it just so happens that we re perfect This is something that any decent scientist should immediately find suspect.All that said, I did quite enjoy reading this book This is one of the few books I ve ever read that demands to be written in I don t just mean because of all the little puzzles and exercises the authors throw at you, either There are also just many sections in which you ll find a result so completely counterintuitive, a statement so spurious and ripe for mocking, or a test that begs to be performed on your friends that you ll want to whip out a pen and annotate the whole book This is what I did, something I have never done with any other book before or since, and I don t regret it.I would say that those interested in time as a subject or modern psychology as a discipline would do well to read this book, but I offer this recommendation with two substantial caveats The first is that any reader would be well advised to enter this book in a very skeptical mindset, and the second is that anyone reading this book ought to have a pen at hand Don t be squeamish about writing in it It s the best way to do this Those who are easily swayed in their opinion by lots of numbers or simple conviction should stay away.Regardless, I hope the authors and their many colleagues continue to do follow up research on this subject, both to see if these ideas hold up to deeper inspection, and also simply to gain greater insight into the human experience. Managing Editor Heather McCormack has noticed the increasing sophistication of the self help genre Zimbardo s book goes beyond the usual do this, not that approach to incorporate actual science on improving one s life What can explain the behavior of suicide bombers, successful investors, and depressives According to psychologists Zimbardo emeritus, Stanford Univ The Lucifer Effect Understanding How Good People Turn Evil and Boyd director of research, Yahoo , it s their attitude regarding time past, present, and future Here, Zimbardo, a past president of the American Psychological Association renowned for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiments, and research partner Boyd describe six major time perspectives Through a questionnaire called the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory, readers can determine whether they are primarily driven by concerns with the past, the present, or the future as well as whether they view each time period positively or negatively and how that perspective might be influencing their behavior The authors further explore what has been learned to date about how to achieve a set of perspectives that seems most likely to help people become happy and successful So little self help material based on real science is published that, when something like this comes along, we owe it to our patrons to make sure it is readily available For all public and most academic libraries Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA The Time Paradox The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life by Philip Zimbardo and John BoydThis book is about changing your perspective on time It focuses on different views of the past, present, and future The basic views discussed are Past negative, Past positive, Present fatalistic, Present hedonistic, Future, and Transcendental future This is an organization schema which I find interesting, but a bit contrived.The authors claim that having an overly present view of time can lead to hedonism and low impulse control, having a negative view of the past can create depression and stress, having an overly future orientation can limit your enjoyment of the present Their goal is to help a person have a balanced view of time They claim that time is your most valuable asset because it cannot be recovered.I liked the idea of a Transcendental future viewpoint, a view that there is to this world than our current life time, either in the religious or philosophical sense leads to greater happiness People who believe in god, religion, or have a clear positive philosophy tend to live better lives This includes ideas like environmentalism, ethics, and a world view embracing hope.This book does not tell you how to manage your time It helps you think about and unveil what your own viewpoints on time are The authors give several questionnaires and exercises to make you think about planning for the future, how you see your place in time, creating goals, and have an inventory on time to complete the ZPTI Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory.This book is written for a general audience It is a popular psychology title There is an extensive bibliography and index I enjoyed reading it There was quite a bit to think about. Each one of us has a different relationship to the present, past and future We may be classified as predominantly present, past or future oriented Then this orientation may be fatalistic or positive Most of us are mixtures of the above, but we all seem to have a dominant tendency For the record, futures are the healthiest, presents most inclined to be late or take drugs, and pasts fatalistic to be stuck in life and depressed The new Zimbardo Boyd book is a crossover of a popular science book and self help manual It discusses what a healthy balance is, offers inventories to check what orientation the reader predominantly has and then strategies to change unhealthy tendencies Even though this book was far from the promise of changing my life, there were some things that I enjoyed there Time inventories were fun False memories were revisited there is a lot of research pointing to the fact that memories can be both implanted with apparently little effort and recovered The caveat with those is that both true and false memories can be recovered An analysis of a suicide bomber was quite interesting as well, even though it was obvious enough, just clad in a different lingo.3.5 5 The recommendation here, based on extensive research, is to increase your self awareness and enjoyment of life by cultivating a combination of positive recollection and re framing of your past past positive , a healthy enjoyment of the present present hedonism and a wise investment of future oriented time perspective.Counterproductive time perspectives like past negative and present fatalism left unattended will probably continue to shape your life negatively The simple remedy offered here is to consider cultivating and consistently developing those time perspectives which offer positive rewards for past, present and future, while discarding, re framing and transforming the rest Present holism is mentioned which transcends and unites all these time perspectives but no great advice is offered on its cultivation I think this book does a good job of simply making us self aware. I was looking for the positive antidote to Zimbardo s Lucifer effect, and since I m a chronic procrastinator with ballooning anxiety issues, I figured unraveling the time paradox so as to change my life wouldn t be a bad place to start Problem is, the book never really got going I kept waiting for that big ah hah, but instead I got some fairly common sense ideas about how to have a positive outlook on time I did learn a couple things some about time and some about myself 1 A past negative perspective is an unhealthy time perspective I ve recently had a shift towards a negative perspective of my past, so I found Phil s advice that I find something to learn from the negative experience and get over it helpful 2 Another way to gain a strong past positive perspective is to keep daily gratitude lists I imagine this is an idea that predates psychology by a few thousand years, but I still found it useful.Depending on who you are, there may be a few other nuggets in here, but if you re going to go looking, I suggest you do just that look for nuggets Don t go in reading every word and completing each exercise in anxious anticipation of The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life. What a fascinating book I learned to see time management in an entirely new way Rather than a how to fix this problem book, the authors explain how our perception of time affects how we live as individuals and how members of entire cultures view and interact with each other based on perception of time In addition to helping readers see how to recognize the value of time, the authors discuss the best ways for readers to get the most out of the time they have, based on the individual s time perspective I particularly enjoyed reading about time perspective regarding how it relates to suicide bombers and terrorism, the low success rate of youth drug use prevention programs, political campaigning and the success failure of recipients of public assistance I recommend watching Phil Zimbardo s presentation at Google on YouTube This is one of those books I wish government leaders would read as a way to come up with solutions.