Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

by Winifred Gallagher


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ISBN-13: 9780143116905
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 405,128
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Winifred Gallagher’s books include House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and The Power of Place. She has written for numerous publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan, and Dubois, Wyoming.

Table of Contents

Introduction Choosing the Focused Life 1

Chapter 1 Pay Attention: Your Life Depends on It 15

Chapter 2 Inside Out: Feelings Frame Focus 29

Chapter 3 Outside In: What You See Is What You Get 43

Chapter 4 Nature: Born to Focus 55

Chapter 5 Nurture: This Is Your Brain on Attention 67

Chapter 6 Relationships: Attending to Different Worlds 81

Chapter 7 Productivity: Work Zone 99

Chapter 8 Decisions: Focusing Illusions 115

Chapter 9 Creativity: An Eye for Detail 133

Chapter 10 Focus Interruptus 145

Chapter 11 Disordered Attention 163

Chapter 12 Motivation: Eyes on the Prize 173

Chapter 13 Health: Energy Goes Where Attention Flows 189

Chapter 14 Meaning: Attending to What Matters Most 203

Afterword 219

Acknowledgments 221

Notes and Suggested Readings 223

Index 235

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Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
thoughtjuggler More than 1 year ago
Rapt is an excellent and unique look at a subject that while not ignored has, in my reading, never before been as well or as productively explored.
gigi86 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was excited to read Rapt, having struggled with keeping focused and having read Gallagher's excellent House Thinking. The subject matter is interesting, but Gallagher spends way to much time relaying statistics and studies and reiterating her thesis. Even though Malcolm Gladwell irks me, he is the master of anecdotal evidence and using stats/studies as narrative. Gallagher provides lots of research (a strong point for data nerds like myself), but somehow doesn't pull it all together in an engaging manner. If you have ADHD, skip to the chapter on attention issues. For those conducting research, the book stands as an interesting collection of sources. For anyone reading for recreation, look elsewhere.
jamesbritt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Some interesting ideas from a variety of people, but the author follows a very limited formula. Each chapter is a different take on the idea of focus and attention, and for each of these she takes one or two proclaimed experts and quotes them relentlessly. There is little to no critical discussion or debate about these people or their work. Apparently, they're just simply right.
motjebben on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I LIKE this book! Though many of the items covered are covered in other books in more depth (mindfulness, flow, health-from-mindfulness, how-we-make-decisions, and so forth), and there are no specific instructions on how to become "rapt", this book serves as an excellent compendium of the latest thinking, research, and neuroscience on attention and mindfulness/rapt[ure].Therefore, not only can it serve as an excellent launching platform into further study, it is a wonderful summary that ties a variety of thinking together. It brings together observations about attention from William James to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to Lobsang Rapgay, the Dali Lama, Kabat-Zinn and many other students of attention and mindfulness.
jasonli on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Rapt" is about living a better life through directing our attention, in various forms and on various levels. It's aptly labeled as "psychology/self-help." Gallagher strings together different studies to lead the reader through various ways they could improve their lives, but never explicitly labeling various behaviors as rules or tips.The studies are interesting and relevant to the overall narrative, and I appreciate how much Gallagher uses them to flesh out the subject through a progression of chapters. There are 14 chapters in total, and while each chapter built on the previous one to advance the point, I found the relationships between each a bit loose. That aside, if you have a passing interest in the topic as I do, I highly recommend it.Read if: You have an interest in re-directing your attention.Avoid if: You're looking for hard scientific principles or a pure self-help on meditation.
lythande on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This book is mostly written the second person and I found that incredibly annoying. I was not able to get past it and did not finish the book.
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