Richard Wiseman quotes

  • I am not a fan of Sigmund Freud because his theories are not testicle.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Fans #Theory #Testicles

  • Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating their own chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Attitude #Opportunity #Self

  • Happiness doesn't just flow from success; it actually causes it.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Flow #Causes

  • Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Jobs #Party #Good Friend

  • Our beliefs do not sit passively in our brains waiting to be confirmed or contradicted by incoming information. Instead, they play a key role in shaping how we see the world.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Play #Keys #Waiting

  • When you gossip about another person, listeners unconsciously associate you with the characteristics you are describing, ultimately leading to those characteristics' being “transferred” to you. So, say positive and pleasant things about friends and colleagues, and you are seen as a nice person. In contrast, constantly complain about their failings, and people will unconsciously apply the negative traits and incompetence to you.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Nice #Gossip #People

  • We are far more like somebody watching ourselves than somebody in charge of ourselves.
    -- Richard Wiseman

  • I agree that by the standards of any other area of science that remote viewing is proven..
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Standards #Agree

  • We're starting to realize that magicians have a lot of implicit know-ledge about how we perceive the world around us because they have to deceive us in terms of controlling attention, exploiting the assumptions we make when we do and don't notice a change in our environment. There is an enormous amount of really detailed instruction on how to perform magic. People are always blown away by how detailed a description you'll have.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #People #Magic #Attention

  • The concept of luck is very straightforward.  Some people notice opportunities and others don't.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Opportunity #People #Luck

  • Hugely enjoyable and insightfulGosling has produced the perfect combination of rigorous research and lightness of prose to create a book that will transform every reader into a super snooper.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Book #Perfect #Research

  • Luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods. Instead, it is a way of thinking and behaving.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Thinking #Luck #Way

  • As we continue toward the fifth secret technique of psychics, I have a gut feeling that you are the sort of person that lets your heart rule your head, can sometimes be too impulsive for your own good, and have recently come into contact with a goat. Rest assured you are not the only one.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Heart #Psychics #Feelings

  • Magicians are manipulating your consciousness. They are showing you something impossible. They're getting you to construct a narrative, which simply isn't true. So that means they know how to make you aware of certain things and blind to other things. What I'm hoping is that magic, this entertainment vehicle that has been around for a long time, will give us a real insight into the deep mysteries of consciousness
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Real #Mean #Giving

  • Lucky people create, notice and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives. Being in the right place at the right time is actually all about being in the right state of mind.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Opportunity #People #Luck

  • Because remote viewing is such an outlandish claim that will revolutionise the world, we need overwhelming evidence before we draw any conclusions. Right now we don't have that evidence.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #World #Needs #Claims

  • Unlucky people are stuck in routines. When they see something new, they want no part of it. Lucky people always want something new. They're prepared to take risks and relaxed enough to see the opportunities in the first place.
    -- Richard Wiseman

    #Opportunity #People #Risk