The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

Books on Tape. Feb. 2022. 5:29 hrs. ISBN 9780593555569. $35. PSYCH
Regret is a misunderstood emotion; those who say they have no regrets are not better off. Pink (When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing) has done extensive research via two projects, the American Regret Project and the World Regret Survey. People were asked about what they regretted and then, through analysis, the answers were grouped into four main categories of regrets: foundation, boldness, moral, and connection. He also looks at the history of other studies and how data was collected. Not surprisingly, this is the most comprehensive study of this subject ever performed. In this self-narrated audiobook, Pink comes across like the best school lecturer—the one who makes students lean in so they don’t miss a word. Direct quotes from his studies are read by a variety of voices. The narration is so strong, it makes the book more interesting. Offering solid and relatable examples, Pink ensures the information won’t go over the head of listeners.
VERDICT An excellent choice for libraries with patrons interested in social sciences. The tips to help overcome regret add a self-help component, which will attract an even wider audience.
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