The as If Principle

The as If Principle

The Radically New Approach to Changing your Life

Book - 2013
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Victorian philosopher William James had a theory about emotion and behavior: It isn't that our feelings guide our actions (feel happy and you will laugh). On the contrary, it is our actions that guide our emotions (laugh and you will feel happy). This led James to a remarkable conclusion: "If you want a quality, act as if you already have it." Roused by James's astonishing discovery, renowned psychologist Richard Wiseman confirms James's principle and shows how the self-help genre has for too long put the cart before the horse in trying to help us take control of our lives. Bringing to the table an array of firsthand experiments, surprising histories, and psychological case studies, Wiseman illustrates in detail how we can apply this principle in our daily lives. Whether it's quitting a bad habit, persevering through a difficult task, or achieving your dream self, The As If Principle can help.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2013
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451675054
Call Number: 158 W755a 2013
Characteristics: xii, 285 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 21, 2014

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Modify actions to change how you feel.


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MustafaAlmosawi Apr 10, 2014

If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.
—William James, 1884


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