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Your problems may not all be in your head, but that’s where you can change them.


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How you interpret life’s defining moments affects the trajectory of your life. Social psychologist Timothy Wilson suggests that you can seize control of your destiny by “redirecting” your inner narratives. In this lecture, he explains how “story editing” can help to overcome negative thinking and tackle problems as diverse as teenage pregnancy and group conflict. getAbstract suggests Wilson’s refreshing outlook to anyone mired in negativity who wants to develop the capacity to see the upside in situations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your “inner stories” influence your outlook
  • What methods researchers have developed to redirect personal narratives
  • How adjusting your outlook can trigger positive change


The stories you tell yourself about the world determine how you handle adversity. External conditions play a significant role, too, but two people with similar backgrounds may interpret a comparable situation very differently. Consider students...
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Timothy Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, is the author of Redirect.

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