Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation
Barnes & Noble
“In her smart, lucid book, Dr. Oettingen critically reexamines positive thinking and gives readers a more nuanced—and useful—understanding of motivation based on solid empirical evidence.” —DR. RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, The New York Times
How do you get from dreaming to doing? This exciting and important book shows you how to turn your dreams into reality. You'll be surprised at how thoroughly it overturns conventional wisdom.
— Carol S. Dweck, Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, and author of Mindset
“This book is a wise delight. Some kinds of positive thinking are beneficial, other kinds are downright dangerous, and Gabriele Oettingen has spent her scientific career figuring out which are which. The fruits of her labor are deep, plentiful, and yours for the taking.”
— Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Stumbling on Happiness
“Gabriele Oettingen presents a well-written thought-provoking evidence-based self-help book. Hers is an intriguing approach to overcoming life challenges at all ages. It is a worthy read.”
— James Joseph Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
Self-Regulation in Adolescence
Barnes & Noble
This wonderful book brings together top scholars from diverse fields and perspectives to address one of the most centrally important issues for understanding human life, namely how young people acquire and use the powers of self-regulation so as to change from being dependent children into adult citizens. From the details of brain processes to the grand sweep of historical change to comparisons across species, the perspectives represented in this book offer powerful and useful insights. Some adolescents fall prey to the problems and pitfalls of this period, while (most) others navigate it fairly successfully and emerge into adult life; this book illuminates why and how those things happen.
—Roy F. Baumeister, Florida State University
A fantastic collection of articles by luminaries in developmental and motivation psychology … This is a must-read for anyone who studies, or cares about, how adolescents learn to align their thoughts, feelings, and actions with their personal goals.
— Angela Lee Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania
Bringing together leading scholars from the several disciplines needed to advance understanding of how self-regulation processes enable individuals to contribute to their positive behavior and health, both during adolescence and the entire life span, Professors Oettingen and Gollwitzer have created a work that uniquely advances theory, research, and application. Self-Regulation in Adolescence is required reading for scholars and practitioners interested in describing, explaining, and optimizing the role of self-regulation in positive youth development.
— Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University
The Psychology of Thinking about the Future
Barnes & Noble
Impressive. The star-studded lineup of productive, creative researchers provides a rich assortment of fascinating perspectives on how human minds grapple with the importance and uncertainty of what lies ahead. This book is a terrific resource for anyone wishing to be brought up to date on what psychology has learned about this vital aspect of everyday life. It is full of provocative ideas and surprising facts and findings. — Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida State University; Department of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia
This fascinating volume brings together leading scholars who provide a wealth of perspectives on future-thinking, organized around three distinct functions of exploration, prediction, and planning and achieving goals. Contributors detail how thinking about the future affects nearly every aspect of human thought and behavior—physical and psychological health, academic performance, self-regulation, persistence toward goals, ethical decision making, political choices, perception of time, anticipated regret, and more. The volume draws new connections across seemingly distinct areas of research, and will be of interest to graduate students and researchers alike. It is sure to generate future collaborations and connections across disciplines, and in so doing, to improve people's lives. — Susan A. Gelman, PhD, Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
One of the marks of what it is to be human is the ability to think about the future, and this excellent volume explores the many vicissitudes of prospection. It contains cutting-edge chapters from prominent researchers in many disciplines. I can easily imagine a future in which all psychologists have this book on their shelves! — Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, Sherrell J. Aston Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia