Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By

Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By


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What if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager's behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? There is no such pill, but story editing — the scientifically based approach described in Redirect — can accomplish all of this.

The world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows us how to redirect the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. Fascinating, groundbreaking, and practical, Redirect demonstrates the remarkable power small changes can have on the ways we see ourselves and our environment, and how we can use this in our everyday lives.

"There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece." — Malcolm Gladwell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316051903
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 514,523
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has written for Science and the New York Times, among other publications, and is the author of Strangers to Ourselves, He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel Gilbert vii

Chapter 1 Redirect: Small Edits, Lasting Changes 3

Chapter 2 Testing, Testing: Does It Work? 23

Chapter 3 Shaping Our Narratives: Increasing Personal Well-Being 39

Chapter 4 Shaping Our Kids' Narratives: Becoming Better Parents 75

Chapter 5 Just Say… Volunteer: Preventing Teenage Pregnancies 113

Chapter 6 Scared Crooked: Reducing Teenage Violence 135

Chapter 7 Everybody's Doing It… Or Are They? Reducing Alcohol and Drug Abuse 155

Chapter 8 Surely They Won't Like Me-Or Will They? Reducing Prejudice 181

Chapter 9 It's About Me, Not My Group: Closing the Achievement Gap 203

Chapter 10 Sustained Change: Finding Solutions 235

Afterword 243

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 255

Bibliography 264

Index 282

Reading Group Guide 291

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