Time Perspective – Theory and Practice

Kostić, Aleksandra, Chadee, Derek (Eds.), 2017

This book focusses on the theory and application of ‘time perspective theory’. Time perspective can be an important factor in determining psychological well-being and the way we see our world and others around us. The unique contemporary nature of this theory’s evolution has spurred great interest over the last 20 years. The editors responded to this interest by bringing together contributors across a multitude of subjects and perspectives to facilitate an unprecedented discussion on the topic; covering areas such as financial health, psychotherapy across adulthood and old age, prenatal past, metacognition, community and change, fear of crime and intrinsic motivations. The interdisciplinary nature of this project makes it of interest to a wide cross-section of academics and practitioners including psychologist, social workers, criminologists and anyone who has or wishes to adopted time perspective theorization to assist them in their understanding.

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Time Perspective Theory; Review, Research and Application

Stolarski, Maciej, Fieulaine, Nicolas, van Beek, Wessel (Eds.), 2015

This book is about time and its powerful influence on our personal and collective daily life. It presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of contemporary knowledge on temporal psychology inspired by Zimbardo’s work on Time Perspective (TP). With contributions from renowned and promising researchers from all over the globe, and at the interface of social, personality, cognitive and clinical psychology, the handbook captures the breadth and depth of the field of psychological time. Time perspective, as the way people construe the past, the present and the future, is conceived and presented not only as one of the most influential dimensions in our psychological life leading to self-impairing behaviors, but also as a facet of our person that can be de-biased and supportive for well-being and happiness. Written in honor of Philip G. Zimbardo on his 80th birthday and in acknowledgement of his leading role in the field, the book contains illustrations of the countless studies and applications that his theory has stimulated, and captures the theoretical, methodological and practical pathways he opened by his prolific research.

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International Studies in Time Perspective

Paixão, Maria Paula, Da Silva, José Tomás (Coord.), Ortuño, Victor, Cordeiro, Pedro (Eds.), 2013

“International Studies on Time Perspective” integrates several papers which were presented on the “1st International Conference on Time Perspective – Converging Paths in Psychology, Time Theory, and Research”, that took place from 5.-9.09.2012, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

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The Time Cure: Overcoming PTSD with the New Psychology of Time Perspective Therapy

Zimbardo, Philip, Sword, Richard, Sword, Rosemary, 2012

The Time Cure will help those with PTSD understand time perspectives and assess their own “time perspective profile” through a series of self-assessment quizzes. It helps readers shift the way they think about traumatic experiences in the past, get away from the Present Fatalistic mindset, and focus more on a positive future. This approach is simple yet effective, and can be used by individuals seeking self-help, therapists and counselors, or anybody who wants to move forward to a brighter future.

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The Time Paradox – The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life

Zimbardo, Philip, Boyd, John, 1999

The Time Paradox is not a single paradox, but a series of paradoxes that shape our lives and our destinies. For example:
Paradox 1. Time is one of the most powerful influences on our thoughts, feelings, and actions, yet we are usually totally unaware of the effect of time in our lives.
Paradox 2. Each specific attitude toward time – or time perspective – is associated with numerous benefits, yet in excess each is associated with even greater costs.
Paradox 3. Individual attitudes toward time are learned through personal experience, yet collectively attitudes toward time influence national destinies.

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