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59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute Paperback – December 28, 2010
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"This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research."
— New Scientist
"For all those who are tired of the usual self-help formula--homespun anecdotes, upbeat platitudes, over-the-top promises--Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds is just what the PhD ordered."
— The Wall Street Journal
"Seemingly perfect for this age of short attention spans and instant gratification."
— The Chronicle Herald
"At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people."
— Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Enigma
“Wiseman is a brilliant name for a psychologist, and this book proves the professor is not misnamed. . . . [59 Seconds] contains dozens of fascinating and useful nuggets, and they all have science on their side.”
— The Independent
About the Author
Richard Wiseman is based at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and has gained an international reputation for research into offbeat areas of psychology, including deception, humor, and luck. He is the author of The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and numerous other books. A passionate advocate for science, Wiseman is well-known for his media appearances, high-profile talks, live demonstrations, and mass-participation studies. Wiseman also regularly acts as a creative consultant for print, broadcast, and new media.
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P.S. One part of the book I really enjoyed was when the author exhorted you to smile. Just try it now! Smile for 10 seconds. Even if you don't feel happy, force yourself to physically smile.
How did you feel? Happier? Wiseman explains that phsyically smiling actually makes you psychologically believe that you are happy, and does wonders to your move. I never knew that before!
This is a nice summary for people who are well-read in the category of self-help and who are willing to be flexible in their thinking. Lots of what we think we know is empirically wrong. How interesting is that?!?!
I can say that the visualisation I did successfully also involved looking at the alternatives of success IE failure and wanting to avoid that and also seeing myself performing and watching people cracking up with laughter then standing and giving an ovation, all of which came true.
I guess what I am saying is that it may be difficult to replicate the sub modalities of a particular exercise when getting others, presumably unaware of the technique, to perform it.
I prefer Napolean Hill's approach to finding proof in Think and Grow Rich, where he interviews those who are already successful to find out their methods as opposed to trying to get others to perform them and get the same results. Test subjects may be missing a very important element DESIRE.