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Redirect: Changing People's. Behavior by Editing Their Stories. Timothy D. Wilson. University of . Can we redirect these interpretations? ▫ Participants: At risk. Redirect. THE SURPRISING NEW SCIENCE OF. PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGE. Timothy D. Wilson. OB. LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY. New York Boston. Redirect: The surprising new science of psychological change, by Timothy D. Wilson. John McCaffrey School of Psychology, National.

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In Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change, social psychologist Timothy Wilson reveals insights from three decades of. Editorial Reviews. Review. There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece -- Malcolm. There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. REDIRECT is a masterpiece. -Malcolm Gladwell What if there were a.

In our ceaseless quest for self-improvement and our relentless pursuit of happiness , most of us have had some brush with the world that lives on the spectrum between self-help books and legitimate clinical psychotherapy. But a compelling new non-self-help book suggests many of these methods might be derailing rather than propelling our progress. In Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change , social psychologist Timothy Wilson reveals insights from three decades of empirical evidence indicating that what is true of culture is also true of individuals: Our experience of the world is shaped by our interpretations of it, the stories we tell ourselves, and these stories can often become so distorted and destructive that they completely hinder our ability to live balanced, purposeful, happy lives, so the key to personal transformation is story transformation. Yet, in one domain of life or another, we find ourselves stuck in thought patterns and behavioral cycles we lack the tools to escape. We could solve a lot of problems if we could get people to redirect their interpretations in healthier directions. This new approach is based on the work of Kurt Lewin , who helped found the field of social psychology in the s and 40s, and is rooted in three specific psychological interventions: Wilson shows how these story-editing techniques have been used to make people happier, improve parenting, solve adolescent behavioral problems, and even reduce the racial achievement gap in schools. And rest assured he is much more eloquent and captivating a writer than he is a speaker, bless his heart, as some of the most acclaimed academics tend to be. Images via Flickr Commons. Brain Pickings participates in the site Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to site. In more human terms, this means that whenever you download a book on site from a link on here, I get a small percentage of its price. That helps support Brain Pickings by offsetting a fraction of what it takes to maintain the site, and is very much appreciated.

Trapped in a shared office, they've become entrenched in an addictive game of one-upmanship.

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Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything - especially when a huge promotion is on offer. If Lucy wins, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she questioning herself?

Maybe she doesn't hate him. And just maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or is this just another game?

All of the story-editing techniques I review have been shown to work in rigorous experimental trials. Too often, government-backed programs are widely adopted before they are adequately tested.

One example is the D. Another example is Healthy Families America, which is a home visitation program designed to prevent child abuse in at-risk families. Well, I have two adult children who have turned out wonderfully, and while I am certainly not the perfect father, I like to think that my knowledge of story-editing techniques made me a better parent than I otherwise would have been.

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

I also think that my knowledge of social psychological research has made me more tolerant of people who have different points of view than I do, or disagree with me about something. As much as I want to believe that I am right and they are wrong, it helps to try to get inside their heads and understand how they are viewing things—how their story differs from mine.

That gives us a common place to start in working out our differences. Are you a scientist who specializes in neuroscience, cognitive science, or psychology? And have you read a recent peer-reviewed paper that you would like to write about?

He can be reached at garethideas AT gmail. How can parents use this? Get smart.

Sign up for our email newsletter. We can't know without experimental testing.

Second: a particular kind of approach cal Redirect started strong, got weak enough in the middle that I was debating between 2 and 3 stars as I trudged through, and then got quite strong again at the end. Second: a particular kind of approach called story-editing that depends on altering the way people construct their own narratives can be surprisingly helpful at solving psychological problem.

As far as story-editing goes, the results really are surprising. For example, if you take students who have done poorly on an early test in college and simply give them the information that lots of people struggle early on then--with that intervention alone--you can significantly improve their subsequent performance on tests, graduation rate, etc.

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change PDF

The theory is that you're helping them embrace a growth-narrative "if I work hard, I can get better" rather than a fixed-narrative "I must not be good enough. As as the emphasis on experimental design goes: it's a valuable point but Wilson hangs too much from it. He consistently holds out the ideal of controlled drug experimentation without recognizing that human trials of drugs are based on earlier experiments with laboratory animals.

There's no such phase with psychological testing; we can't run don't-do-drugs programs experimentally on rats first to make sure that there's no major danger before rolling the program out to high school kids.

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This makes psychological experimentation fundamentally different from medical experimentation, which complicates his persistent use of medical experiments as the goal standard to which all social psychology should be held. Furthermore, experiments just aren't as magically distinct from observational studies as he would like us to believe. For one thing, he consistently cites experimental studies that illustrate the effectiveness of a certain approach, and then claims credit for story-editing, despite the fact that that last leap attributing the results to his pet theory is actually not a necessary result of the science.