- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (August 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416541985
- ISBN-13: 978-1416541981
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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Time is our most valuable possession: we are obsessed with schedules and multitasking to save time, say the authors of this insightful study of the importance of time in our lives. Yet people spend time less wisely than money. Zimbardo (The Lucifer Effect), professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford, and Boyd, research director for Yahoo!, draw on their two decades of research to explain why people devalue time. They blend scientific results into a straightforward narrative exploring various past-, present- and future-oriented ways of perceiving time and argue against becoming imprisoned or obsessed by any one of these. Zimbardo and Boyd have cogent insight into all of time's elements and show how they can be used for success, better health and greater fulfillment. For instance, understanding the role of time in investment can lead to wiser financial decisions, and a relationship will not work if one partner is focused on today's pleasure while the other wants to plan for the future. This is a compelling and practical primer (filled with quizzes and tests) on making every moment count. (Aug. 5)
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"If you are a decision maker, then you need to read this book. It informs about the central problem of how to discriminate between immediate rewards and future payoffs. The Time Paradox is comprehensive, admirably clear, and a delightful read." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan
"The Time Paradox explores a very important topic from a fresh, practical, and entertaining perspective. Since time is limited for all of us, this book is well worth your time." -- Daniel Amen, M.D., author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing the Hardware of Your Soul
"The Time Paradox reveals how to better use your most irreplaceable resource, based on solid science and timeless wisdom." -- Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness
"Informed by the world's foremost expert on the psychology of time, The Time Paradox combines solid science, compelling stories, and crisp prose to illuminate how time, like the oxygen we breathe, pervades every aspect of our lives. Reading this book will yield insights into your own motivation and behavior and help you be happier, healthier, and more successful. It will also help you understand the source of many of the world's greatest triumphs and most pressing problems -- from terrorism to homelessness, from religion to love, from the successes and failures of CEOs to those of marriages. Zimbardo and Boyd have hit a home run." -- Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness
"Phil Zimbardo, a master at making complex ideas and discoveries in psychology, including his own, not only intelligible but fun and personally relevant for nonspecialists, has done it again, this time with the fascinating topic of time perspective. Bravo!" -- Walter Mischel, Ph.D., Columbia University Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology
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Overall, I think this is worth a read for someone who is looking to add another tool to their developmental model, but it should be someone who already has a workshop full of really good tools so they can discern the exact right and narrow use of this particular tool.
I will admit the book can be heavy to wade through at points. The writing is very academic, so it's not a particularly easy read. If you're not phased or bothered by academic writing, definitely get this book. The information truly does have the power to change your life.
The Meat of this book are the Time Perspectives.
He goes into each perspective and how viewing time (and life) through that angle affects your thinking and choices. It explains how people who are unbalanced and stuck deep into any one time perspective display dysfunction.in their lives.
So for example, people stuck in Fatalistic viewpoints are often depressed, they tend not to try or take chances or risks on things because they view everything as awful or bound to fail. The present hedonistic is the (not wealthy) 70 year old man that buys a bmw and goes on trips with his new girlfriend spending all his money to impress her, he makes choices based on "pleasure now!" and is not thinking ahead to the future consequences or whether or not he can afford these choices. All future thinking can be detrimental too if you miss out on your growing children because you're so focused on work and planing and saving for the future.
To be healthy we need a balance of time perspectives. This book will help you to learn about each time perspective and how to recognize the signs and signals if you are skewed heavily and operating your life through an unbalanced lens.
For example, I learned that I am very present oriented. That makes sense because my professional and personal activities involve a lot of community/ crisis service. In fact, I have a better understanding of the motives behind certain service delivery models compared to others based on whether the goal is to transform the moment a person is situated in or to maximize the investment in that persons life.
In addition, I found this book helpful for better understanding organization and attention disorders which are based in part of perception of time and future time.
Finally, the book helped me to identify ways that I could develop a more balanced time orientation. Rather than just trying to better manage my time, I learned that my time paradigm was driving decisions about how I invest my energy.