The Luck Factor: Change Your Luck and Change Your Life

The Luck Factor: Change Your Luck and Change Your Life

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By (author) Professor Richard Wiseman

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  • Publisher: CENTURY
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712623884
  • ISBN 13: 9780712623889

Product description

Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst other face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partner whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst apparently similar others find themselves trapped with jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives? Ten years ago, Dr. Richard Wiseman decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people.. Looking at the results, Wiseman was able to identify four main factors which explained living a lucky and unlucky life. He was then able to show a group of people that considered themselves unlucky, how to think and behave like lucky people. The results were astounding with almost all participants reporting significant life changes: including increased levels of luck, self-esteem, physical well-being, confidence, and success. In this extraordinary and accessible study of luck, Dr. Wiseman not only identifies 'The Luck Factor' but shows us how we can all bring more luck into our lives.

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Dr. Richard Wiseman began his working life as a professional magician before obtaining a first class honours degree in Psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. He now heads a research unit based within the Psychology Department at the University of Hertfordshire. He has featured on hundreds of television science/factual programmes, including Horizon, Equinox, and World in Action. Dr Wiseman has also made regular appearances on BBC1's Tomorrow's World, co-presented BBC1's Carol Vorderman's Out of This World series and was the resident psychologist on the BBC2 series Angus Deayton's Lying Game.

Editorial reviews

Forget Harry Potter's Hogwarts Academy for Wizards, here's something much better! Psychologist Richard Wiseman started his own 'Luck School' to see if students could improve their luck by following the principles and techniques in this book. After the course, unlucky people said their luck had increased and lucky people claimed to have become even luckier. The Luck Factor is a practical guide, personal diary and Luck School syllabus all in one. It involves a radical new way of looking at the elusive nature of luck. Lucky people consistently find interesting opportunities and meet others who have beneficial effects on their lives but unlucky people don't. Lucky people make good decisions without knowing why, the unlucky don't. Lucky people even manage to turn bad luck into good, while the unlucky can't seem to find the knack. Why? It's nothing to do with charms, superstitious numbers or black cats, states the author. Nor is luck related to psychic ability or intelligence. Identifying the psychological mechanisms that underlie the differences between the lucky and the lucky, Wiseman breaks them down into four main principles and twelve sub-principles. Lucky people notice and act upon chance opportunities in life and are able to do this because of their relaxed way of looking at the world. Unlucky people tend to be more anxious and miss things. In one fascinating experiment, he demonstrated that lucky and unlucky people appear to live in totally different worlds. A #5 note was placed on the pavement outside a coffee shop and a businessman strategically placed at a table in the cafeteria. The first subject walked along, saw the #5 note, picked it up and put it in his pocket. Then he went into the coffee shop, sat next to the businessman, bought him a coffee and struck up a conversation with him. The second subject came along, failed to notice the #5 note, also sat next to the businessman but ignored him. Asked later about their day, the first subject said it had been very lucky - he'd found a #5 note and had a useful conversation with a local businessman. The second subject said nothing much had happened to her. Lucky people listen to their hunches, often making successful decisions by using gut feelings. They expect good fortune. Expectations not only affect the way we feel and act; they can influence our health. A Finnish study looked at 2,000 men in three groups. Monitored for six years, those who expected the future to be bleak were far more likely to die of cancer, cardiovascular disease and accidents. Those who expected the future to be good had a lower mortality rate than either the 'bleak' or the 'neutral' group. The idea that techniques and exercises can help you transform bad luck into good fortune might sound a bit like the miller's daughter trying to spin straw into gold but be assured, Dr Wiseman says it can be done. The secrets in this book could stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Good luck! (Kirkus UK)