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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winifred Gallagher Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it.

Gallagher grapples with provocative questions -- Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions? -- driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

As suggested by the expression pay attention, this cognitive currency is a finite resource that we must learn to spend wisely. In Rapt, Gallagher introduces us to a diverse cast of characters -- artists and ranchers, birders and scientists -- who have learned to do just that and whose stories are profound lessons in the art of living the interested life.

No matter what your quotient of wealth, looks, brains, or fame, increasing your satisfaction means focusing more on what really interests you and less on what doesn't. In asserting its groundbreaking thesis -- the wise investment of your attention is the single most important thing you can do to improve your well-being -- Rapt yields fresh insights into the nature of reality and what it means to be fully alive. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " Really interesting content, not terribly well presented. But it's made me very aware of how distracted I am much of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janie | 2/9/2014

    " Meta-attention is a most important and useful study. Attention is key to happiness. There are valuable ideas in here. Many of them could be more effectively presented. The author has a very tenuous grasp on the importance of the differences in types of attention/focus and I worry the impact of this weakness could be negative. I suggest The Open Focus Brain as a companion/balancing piece, especially if you're looking for a little bit of how-to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cade Bonar | 1/23/2014

    " The writing is so poor and meandrous that I made it to p. 157 and then had to stop... These meanderings - in a book about focused attention - make it quite unreadable... Focus your attention elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/23/2014

    " Ironic isn't it? The booke entitled "Rapt," simply couldn't hold my attention. Maybe someday I'll give it a try because the idea of the book was intriguing. "

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