Review: The Power of Time Perception by Jean Paul Zogby

I’ve always been curious about what makes time seem to speed up or slow down. Why can we remember tiny details about something that happened in our teens but nothing at all about most things that occurred in our 30s?

THIS is the book I’ve been waiting for. Its full title is, The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Slow Down Aging, Live a Long Life, and Make Every Second Count Now. It not only explains the science behind the perception of how fast or slow time seems to pass, but how to alter that perception and make it feel abundant.

It never occurred to me to wonder why birds wait until the last second to fly away when they’re on the road and you’re bearing down on them in a car. I just assumed they were, you know, bird-brained. But that’s the type of interesting tidbit that’s explained here as well.

Although the author does a terrific job of putting the science in plain language, it felt a little like a textbook at times. There were a couple of occasions when I felt he veered into loosely related territory. There was also some repetition; in one chapter the word “discrete” appeared about dozen times in six successive paragraphs. I wanted to speak with the editor or loan them my thesaurus! Those small quibbles aside, I still recommend it and feel I learned exactly what I wanted to know.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review. This review also appears at 

2 thoughts on “Review: The Power of Time Perception by Jean Paul Zogby”

  1. I’d love to know how you find time to read – with work, sleep and freelance! Amazing. Thanks for sharing the title. But PLEASE – why do the birds wait until the last minute? They were scaring me the other day on our drive around Vancouver Island. WHY, birds, WHY?

  2. I read a comic story once in the old British 2000AD that proposed time is like water . . . it can flow faster or slower, as well as get “pooled.” This explains why when you are waiting in the dentist’s office it feels like time is backed up . .. because it really is, according to this theory.

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