Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

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Penguin, Apr 16, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
A revolutionary look at how what we pay attention to determines how we experience life

Acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher's Rapt makes the radical argument that much of the quality of your life depends not on fame or fortune, beauty or brains, fate or coincidence, but on what you choose to pay attention to. Rapt introduces a diverse cast of characters, from researchers to artists to ranchers, to illustrate the art of living the interested life. As their stories show, by focusing on the most positive and productive elements of any situation, you can shape your inner experience and expand your world. By learning to focus, you can improve your concentration, broaden your inner horizons, and most important, feel what it means to be fully alive.


Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
Your Life Depends on
Feelings Frame Focus CHAPTER 3Outside In What You See Is What You Get CHAPTER 4Nature Born to Focus CHAPTER 5NurtureThis IsYour Br...
Focusing Illusions
An Eye for Detail
Focus Interruptus
Disordered Attention
Eyes on the Prize
Energy Goes Where Attention Flows
Attending to What Matters Most

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Winifred Gallagher’s books include House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and The Power of Place. She has written for numerous publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan, and Dubois, Wyoming.

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