Futureselves: Free Will, the Self, and the Science of Living Well
Subtitle: Free Will, the Self, and the Science of Living Well
Subject Classification: Psychology, Philosophy
BIC Classification: JM, GPQ, HP
BISAC Classification: PSY039000, PHI007000, BUS019000
Binding: Hardback, pp.308
Publication date: 6th February 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-113-1
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-114-8
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“Futureselves” are the visions that we have for ourselves in the future. This book covers how these visions are central to our understanding of human behaviour, as inherently goal driven. It covers these concepts both scientifically and practically, exploring both impact on behaviour, as well as a guide on how to use Futureselves for self-knowledge and self-improvement. Futureselves brings together a long history of teleological approaches in psychotherapy, and ties the Futureselves concept to contemporary philosophical ideas such as the absence of free will.
The book is suitable for undergraduate and post-graduate studies into the nature of the self, and self-development.
Author: Dr Paul Englert is a Singapore-based I/O (Industrial and Organizational) psychologist and academic. He was the founder of OPRA Consulting Group, and is an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang University, Singapore.
"In Futureselves, Dr. Paul Englert helps us navigate the mind-bending paradox between the evidence that we have no free-will and the importance of being the author of our own experience. This is a significant book for anyone who is interested in the science of personal development and practical strategies for living their best life."
- Andrew Bryant, Author of ‘Self Leadership – How to be a More Successful, Efficient and Effective Leader from the Inside Out’ (McGraw-Hill 2012)
"This book is the single most important work that anyone interested in personal and professional development will ever read. Rich, comprehensive, thought provoking, and readily applied, it will change your understanding of how and why we strive to do better and be better. And it will supercharge your ability to assist others in the pursuit of their potential."
- Dr. Paul Wood, Author of ‘How to escape from prison: The remarkable story of how one man defied the odds’ (Harper Collins 2019)
"Paul has a rare ability to integrate different disciplines to present a holistic approach to human development - this book is no exception. Paul has a view and comes out with it. In doing so, he articulates a fundamental paradox than many practitioners and thought leaders shy away from. Expect this book to challenge your assumptions and leave you thinking differently about a lot of things, including free will, the illusion of agency, and the neuroscience of behaviour change (and resistance to it)."
- Susannah Yule - senior Director and C-suite coach, YSC Consulting, New York, USA