Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: 'The Power of Time Perception' by Jean Paul Zogby

Author Jean Paul Zogby is passionate about sharing what science has to say about our experience of time and ways to make every second count. Got your attention? Then read on for this is a very insightful book written by a writer, researcher, music composer, and real estate development expert who lives in Dubai while the CEO of a major construction project. Jean Paul seeks to help people understand why time speeds up as we grow older and how to make the most of it: he has spent time researching Time Perception in the fields of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology an brings that to the written page in this, his debut publication - THE POWER OF THE PERCEPTION OF TIME.

Jean Paul explains the purpose of writing this book in his Preface – ‘Our perception of the speed of time has always intrigued me. We know from physics that time progresses at the same rate at all times, but that is not how it feels. Time certainly seems to speed up as we grow older. We find ourselves saying things like: ‘How is it nearly Christmas again?’ ‘Has it really been already four years since the last Football World Cup?’ There are of course many things other than age that affect our perception of time. Why does time fly when we are having fun and why does it drag when we are bored? Why does time seem to stand still during a car crash accident? For a long time, the nagging question in my mind has been: is there a way to slow down time to the speed it was running at when we were young? This book is about the psychology of time: how we subjectively perceive time in our lives, not the time as defined by physicists. It is about what seems to speed it up or slow it down; the things we can do to extend a moment of bliss or shorten a moment of pain. It is about how to make a vacation last longer; how to look back at a week, month, or year and be satisfied that it was time well spent. It is about how to slow down life so we can ‘live’ longer and do all the things we want to do. It is also about the limited time we spend on this rock that is floating in space, we call Earth. It is about those few decades that make up our life and how limited and precious they are. This is the ultimate purpose of this book; to make you aware of your own time, how precious it is, how fast it slips by, and ways to make the most of it.’

Time – do we really consider the concept of time and how we perceive it and use it? Jean Paul divides this book into sections that take us step by step through an appreciation of Time - How Do We Experience Time? (The psychology of time perception, How do our brains receive reality?, Time – the ultimate illusion, Time distortions, What Factors Influence Our Time Experience? (Living in the moment, Time in slow motion, Taking control, What kind of person are you?, Messing with time), How Do We Perceive the Past and the Future? (A time to remember, Mental time travel, Time slipping away), and How To Make Every Second Count (Crafting the longest year of your life).’

Indulge ‘time’ in digesting this book and everyday will seem more significant. Jean Paul Zogby has shared intelligent and sensitive insights into how we life with enhanced time. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 17

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