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Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life Paperback – March 30, 2010
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aSonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness"
"Many will benefit from this thoughtful book. Among other 21st century challenges, the increasing velocity of communication threatens to drive us into a permanent sea- storm of distraction. Thank you, Winifred Gallagher, for bringing our attention back to the essential matter of attention."
aDavid Shenk, author, "Data Smog" and "The Forgetting"
aThis wonderful and inspiring book asks readers to remember something so simple and yet so little appreciatedawhat you focus upon profoundly affects your quality of life. I canat think anyone who wouldnat benefit from the message contained herein. Itas a powerful and much needed prescription for these tumultuous times.a
aSarah Susanka, author of "The Not So Big Life" and "The Not So Big House series"
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 30, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143116908
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143116905
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #174,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My area of expertise is quite narrow, but based on how many glaring errors in her analysis I identified in the sections overlapping with my neuropsychological knowledge, I wasn't left with much faith in the rest of the book. Still, If scientific inaccuracies fail to offend you, there is plenty of narrow-mindedness left for everyone: I dare you to read her explanation of racial differences in America without cringing (Sure, Winnifred, tell us why black kids in America spend less time on homework without any mention of socioeconomic status, that'll be fun to read).
I wish I could go back in time and prevent myself from picking this book up, but hopefully I can save someone else the hours of frustration and the onslaught of misinformation.
The above quotes encompass the thesis of this book. It was what hooked me when I read the sample downloaded on my Kindle. I felt excited by how much this idea resonated with me and was eager to find out exactly how I could do this. How do I stay focused on the right things? What can I do to generate more opportunities for ‘rapt’ attention in my life? But this book is not a ‘how to’ guide. Instead it is a well researched and well written investigation into and defense of the thesis comprised in the quotes above. While there are numerous hints at things one might do to enhance capacity for attention and focus (start a regular meditation practice is a recurring one), the reader is left to figure this out on their own. I guess I was a bit disappointed by this. I thoroughly agreed with the thesis from the moment I read it. I was looking for advice rather than a convincing argument.
I actually bought this hoping that it would help my teaching practice, by helping me understand my students with attention issues, but I got so much more out of this read. I feel like this book will improve my experience of my recreation and family time more than my professional life. I found myself highlighting quote after quote from Rapt, as this book is densely packed with great info and advice.
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About writer-Writer is a self experienced women, from reading it seems like she has gone through many rough days in her life and shares with us the tricks to perform well in our time.
About Book- The book I received was not in a good shape, looked like it was in stock for long time, so the cover color was not their. I am satisfied with the content so cover doesn't matter much.
First, I would thank Carl Newport, in his book "Deep Work", he has mentioned Winfred Gallagher & her book RAPT on many occasions, which ultimately made me buy this book.
Perfect Tool to manage your memory
David Schwartz, in his "Thinking Big" book mentions that high confidence is nothing but a systematically managed Memory. On a daily basis, from every incident, if we start depositing just the Positive thoughts into our memory bank, it offers the same Positive Solutions in complex situations where we are seeking for creative solutions to handle a challenge.
Gallagher goes further ...
Gallagher not just shares these principles, but the self-practiced-on-own-life principles with enough scientific case studies & examples, on how it works actually. And her own life examples proves "why it works"
The neurological details make it very clear how storing just the Good Memories will service your life. Most recommended !
The book is more about the psychological aspect of how our lives unfold. It speaks in depth on how our lives become what we focus on...and backs it up with very interesting scientific data.
More proof that if we wish to lead a life of happiness and fulfillment, then those are the exact qualities we need to focus on.
I wouldn't call this a self help book...more knowledge is power.
A very interesting read, and beautifully and engagingly written!