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

by Philip Zimbardo, John Boyd Ph.D.

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Overview

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: 295,430
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.

Read an Excerpt

The Time Paradox
In the eighteenth century, a secretive sect of men created a gruesome memorial to the importance of time in the dim, dusty basement of Santa Maria della Concezione, a nondescript church at the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Like the great St. Peter’s, which towers nearby, the cramped walls of Santa Maria della Concezione are covered with individual tessera from which transcendent mosaics emerge. Unlike those in St. Peter’s, the decorative tessera adorning the narrow confines of Santa Maria della Concezione are made not of colored glass but of discolored human bone. Hundreds of stacked skulls form Roman arches. Thousands of individual vertebrae create intricate mandalas. Smaller bones, perhaps from hands and feet, form chandeliers replete with lightbulbs. The complete skeleton of a small boy dangles from the ceiling holding the scales of justice in its bony hands. And fully dressed monks with withered skin still intact wait in reflective poses for eternity. The sheer spectacle is at once terrifying and enthralling.1

Capuchin monks, better known for giving the name of their distinctive hats to coffee topped with foam, or cappuccino, reinterred four thousand of their deceased brethren in this basement because their earlier “final resting place” had become the site of new construction. Despite its solemn content, the almost surreal Crypt of the Capuchin Monks with its posed corpses has the feel of a Hollywood movie set or an exceptionally well-done Halloween display. For most visitors, the crypt is a sight to be seen, not a site for serious contemplation, and tourists shuffle through it each year paying less homage to the dead before them than they do to works of art in the nearby Vatican museum.

Table of Contents

Part One

THE NEW SCIENCE OF TIME: HOW TIME WORKS

one Why Time Matters

two Time

A Retrospective on Time Perspectives

three The Past

How You See Yesterday Through the Lens of Today

four The Present

An Instant for All That Is Real

five The Future

Tomorrow Through the Lens of Today

six The Transcendental Future

New Time After Death

Part Two

MAKING TIME WORK FOR YOU

seven Time, Your Body, and Your Health

More Than Your Biological Clock Is Ticking

eight The Course of Time

Life Choices and Money in Balanc ing the Present and the Future

nine Love and Happiness

ten Business, Politics, and Your Time

eleven Resetting Your Psychological Clock

Developing Your Ideal Time Perspective

twelve Out of Time

Making Your Time Matter

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Illustration Credits

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