Self-help meets real science

9780307474865 p0 v1 s260x420Richard Wiseman is the professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the UK's University of Hertfordshire. He's the author of several books, including Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, was about the psychology of so-called supernatural experiences. His previous book, 59 Seconds: Change Your Life In Under A Minute, draws from the psychology of persuasion to present a series of (oft-counterintuitive) techniques and life hacks to improve memory, negotiate better, reduce stress, etc. It's a self-help book based on entertaining and fascinating scientific research. Above is one of many videos from Wiseman's fun "In 59 Seconds" YouTube channel.

59 Seconds: Change Your Life In Under A Minute (Amazon)

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  1. Pesco writes

    Richard Wiseman is the professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the UK's University of Hertfordshire. His last book, Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, was about the psychology of so-called supernatural experiences. His newest book, 59 Seconds: Change Your Life In Under A Minute...

    Paranormality was published in 2011. 59 Seconds was published in 2010. Unless there's been a major change in how integers are ordered, I believe Paranormality is Wiseman's newest book.

    And as Technogeek notes, the book has its moments of bogosity. Better than your average self-help book to be sure, but not the myth-busting ode to rationality it promises either.

  2. Like what?

    I'm not an expert in psychology so I'm intrigued as to what problems I'm missing in the video.

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  4. It means there's no chance someone might see you going into a -- horror of horrors -- therapist's office.

  5. all self help is bs

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