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Philip Zimbardo
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  • The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life (August 5, 2008 release) with John Boyd
    Your every significant choice -- every important decision you make -- is determined by a force operating deep inside your mind: your perspective on time -- your internal, personal time zone. This is the most influential force in your life, yet you are virtually unaware of it. Once you become aware of your personal time zone, you can begin to see and manage your life in exciting new ways.
    In The Time Paradox, Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd draw on thirty years of pioneering research to reveal, for the first time, how your individual time perspective shapes your life and is shaped by the world around you. Further, they demonstrate that your and every other individual's time zones interact to create national cultures, economics, and personal destinies.

    You will discover what time zone you live in through Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd's revolutionary tests. Ask yourself:
     

    • Does the smell of fresh-baked cookies bring you back to your childhood?

    • Do you believe that nothing will ever change in your world?

    • Do you believe that the present encompasses all and the future and past are mere abstractions?

    • Do you wear a watch, balance your checkbook, and make to-do lists -- every day?

    • Do you believe that life on earth is merely preparation for life after death?

    • Do you ruminate over failed relationships?

    • Are you the life of every party -- always late, always laughing, and always broke?

    These statements are representative of the seven most common ways people relate to time, each of which, in its extreme, creates benefits and pitfalls. The Time Paradox is a practical plan for optimizing your blend of time perspectives so you get the utmost out of every minute in your personal and professional life as well as a fascinating commentary about the power and paradoxes of time in the modern world.

    No matter your time perspective, you experience these paradoxes. Only by understanding this new psychological science of time zones will you be able to overcome the mental biases that keep you too attached to the past, too focused on immediate gratification, or unhealthily obsessed with future goals. Time passes no matter what you do -- it's up to you to spend it wisely and enjoy it well. Here's how.

  • The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (2007)
    What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it?

    Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and in The Lucifer Effect he explains how–and the myriad reasons why–we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women.

    Zimbardo is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Here, for the first time and in detail, he tells the full story of this landmark study, in which a group of college-student volunteers was randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” and then placed in a mock prison environment. Within a week the study was abandoned, as ordinary college students were transformed into either brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally broken prisoners.

    By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”–the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around.

    This is a book that dares to hold a mirror up to mankind, showing us that we might not be who we think we are. While forcing us to reexamine what we are capable of doing when caught up in the crucible of behavioral dynamics, though, Zimbardo also offers hope. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior.

  • Psychology and Life (2004) by Philip G. Zimbardo and Richard J. Gerrig
    This classic book is built around the central theme of presenting psychology as a science and applying that science to our daily lives. Psychology and Life continues to provide a rigorous, research-based presentation that demonstrates that this research has immediate in daily life. For Intro Psychology students, or anyone with an interest in the subject.

  • Psychology: Core Concepts (2002) with Ann L. Weber and Robert L. Johnson
    The accomplished author team of Phillip Zimbardo (APA president 2001-2002), Ann Weber, and Bob Johnson combine once again to present psychology to readers in a meaningful, manageable format. Each chapter of this book focuses on the key questions and core concepts of psychology, supported by an extensive pedagogical structure. A wealth of instructive features, such as "Psychology in Your Life," "Using Psychology to Learn Psychology," and "Do it Yourself!" enhance reader learning and retention of key psychological concepts. Psychology, 4/e integrates a cross-cultural and multicultural perspective to make psychology meaningful for all readers. For anyone interested in introductory psychology or general psychology.

  • The Psychology of Attitude Change and Social Influence (1991) by  Philip G Zimbardo and Michael R Leippe
    This text, part of the McGraw-Hill Series in Social Psychology, is for the student with no prior background in social psychology. Written by Philip Zimbardo and Michael Leippe, outstanding researchers in the field, the text covers the relationships existing between social influence, attitude change and human behavior. Through the use of current, real-life situations, the authors illustrate the principles of behavior and attitude change at the same time that they foster critical thinking skills on the part of the reader.

  • The Shy Child: Overcoming and Preventing Shyness from Infancy to Adulthood (1984) with Shirley L. Radl
    Two out of every five people in the U.S. regard themselves as "shy." Yet, shyness can be cured, says Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the nation's leading authority on shyness. With co-author Shirley Radl, Dr. Zimbardo presents a program for overcoming and preventing shyness from infancy to adulthood.

    The Shy Child is based on pioneering research conducted at the Stanford Shyness Clinic, including surveys of people in the U.S. and abroad, interviews with children, parents, teachers, and systematic experimental research that compared the behavior of shy to non-shy people. This book documents which parenting "style" encourages self-confidence in a child, helps with the problems of being shy and provides methods for building a child's trust and self-esteem. It explores the role that school plays in contributing to a child's shyness, and suggests ways to improve the quality of the classroom experience for every child. The Shy Child is the only book to provide an effective program for conquering shyness in childhood, before it has a chance to limit a child's options and determine the course of the child's life.

  • The Shyness Workbook (1979)

  • Shyness What It Is, What To Do About It (1977)

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