The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life


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Now in paperback, this breakthrough book on the new psychological science of time by one of the most influential living psychologists—the New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect—and his research partner launched on the front page of USA TODAY "Lifestyle" with a Time Survey and on CBS Morning Show.

This is the first paradox of time: Your attitudes toward time have a profound impact on your life and world, yet you seldom recognize it. Our goal is to help you reclaim yesterday, enjoy today, and master tomorrow with new ways of seeing and working with your past, present, and future.

Just as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences permanently altered our understanding of intelligence and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink gave us an appreciation for the adaptive unconscious, Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s new book changes the way we think about and experience time. It will give you new insights into how family conflicts can be resolved by ways to enhance your sexuality and sensuality, and mindsets for becoming more successful in business and happier in your life. Based on the latest psychological research, The Time Paradox is both a "big think" guide for living in the twenty-first century and one of those rare self-help books that really does have the power to improve lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416541998
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 269,178
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at Stanford University and past president of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award-winning PBS series Discovering Psychology. He has written more than fifty books, including the New York Times bestseller The Lucifer Effect, and lives in San Francisco.

John Boyd, Ph.D., received his doctorate in psychology from Stanford University, where he worked closely with Philip developing the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. His professional experience includes director of scientific affairs at Alertness Solutions, director of research at Yahoo!, and, currently, research manager at Google. He lives in Dublin, California, with his wife, Nancy.

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The Time Paradox

Rooms in Santa Maria della Concezione

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Part 1 The New Science of Time: How Time Works

1 Why Time Matters 3

2 Time 29

A Retrospective on Time Perspectives

3 The Past 71

How You See Yesterday Through the Lens of Today

4 The Present 99

An Instant for All That Is Real

5 The Future 135

Tomorrow Through the Lens of Today

6 The Transcendental Future 161

New Time After Death

Part 2 Making Time Work For You

7 Time, Your Body, and Your Health 189

More Than Your Biological Clock Is Ticking

8 The Course of Time 215

Life Choices and Money in Balancing the Present and the Future

9 Love and Happiness 245

10 Business, Politics, and Your Time 265

11 Resetting Your Psychological Clock 295

Developing Your Ideal Time Perspective

12 Out of Time 313

Making Your Time Matter

Epilogue 321

Notes 339

Acknowledgments 359

Index 361

Illustration Credits 375

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