Achieve your life goals with SELF-DIRECTED BEHAVIOR! Featuring numerous research-based strategies, this psychology book guides you through exercises for developing skills in self-analysis and teaches you how to apply these skills in different settings. Case examples demonstrate how others have successfully used the book’s techniques, including one individual who used shaping to gradually increase her ability to study, and another who learned to be more sure of himself on dates by consciously modeling a friend’s confident behavior.
About the Author
David L. Watson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Watson is well known for his work in social anxiety, having developed the original scale to measure it. He has written textbooks in introductory psychology, social psychology, and learning skills. Watson is an enthusiastic world traveler, having visited over 100 countries. He speaks French and Greek, and is a certified master gardener, specializing in xerophytic plants. He divides his time now between Honolulu and Albuquerque.
Roland George Tharp is a distinguished researcher, psychologist, educator, writer, and filmmaker. Over the course of his career he has received repeated recognition for excellence and leadership in every arena of his work. Tharp is professor emeritus of education and psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Hawaii. He is the founding director of the national Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) and the Kamehameha Elementary Education Program (KEEP). His research focuses on human development, psychotherapy, community psychology, education, culture, anthropology, and applied linguistics. Tharp is considered a distinguished researcher, practitioner, and author in the areas of education, educational reform, and the development of sociocultural theory. His work spans more than 40 years.
I was thrilled to find to find a book like this and had given up years ago. But now that I’ve found it and completed it I know my life will be much more satisfying and enjoyable.
I purchased this as a required textbook, and it has become one of my most treasured books. The content is overwhelmingly practical and well-researched, with strong arguments against conventional wisdom nuggets like “white knuckling” your way through something. I enjoyed the book for the freedom it gives. First, the authors continually cited research about what makes the human mind change its habits and hangups, and what often causes it to fall two steps back. Second, they outline practical steps for how *you* should apply successful principles in your own life, in a patient voice that seems like one lightbulb revelation after another, all while talking to a wise friend. I’m looking forward to using it as a fundamental resource as I change myself for the better, one step at a time.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 10 edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1285077091
- ISBN-13: 978-1285077093
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches