London Evening Standard:
Redirect provides an intelligent person’s introduction to psychology, a field that gives rise to more quackery and charlatanism than almost any other. That alone makes it worth reading. The fact that it is accessible, engaging and consistently WTF-worthy makes it an instant classic of popular science – and its lessons could scarcely be more timely.
Timothy D Wilson, an American who literally wrote the textbook on social psychology, has a scientist’s pernicketiness about evidence-based research but a writer’s gift for distilling its latest findings into everyday language. His lessons range from the inefficacy of post-traumatic talking therapies to the idiocies of “self help” – but the binding theme is narratives. The key insight is that the stories we tell, and are told, about ourselves are our single most important psychological motivator.
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