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  1. Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing
    Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing
    Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing
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  2. Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

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    Customer Ratings (92 reviews)
    Price R435.00

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Po Bronson refers to a huge reservoir of social sciences in analyzing how we compete. And, he uncovers many counterintuitive findings. Most everything we were told or we intuitively believe is wrong when it comes to competing. I'll share just some of those insights below. The book has obviously many more.

Forget about the power of positive thinking. When it comes to competing you need focus, intensity, and readiness to face expected obstacles and adversity. A bit of insecurity and self-doubt motivates you to try harder. Instead, positive thinking makes you mellow and take success for granted without being aware of the needed effort to actually succeed. Many studies have confirmed that positive thinking is not associated with superior performance. "What matters is not Positive vs Negative Thinking, it's Additive vs Subtractive Thinking" states Bronson on pg. 163. Additive thinking is reviewing your performance and uncovering opportunities for improvement... Read more
The Science of Winning and Losing is Top Dog's subtitle which drew me in. I read it assuming that it would explore why people win or lose, and perhaps give some advise on how someone might "win" more frequently having read the book. Instead, It's an argument in favor of competition for learning and developing skills, with lots of research and studies to back up that argument. So, win number one goes to marketing.

As a book about competition, there is lots of interesting stuff in Top Dog. There's info about the differences in how men and women decide when to compete. There's a breakdown about people who fare well in competitions and those who do not (these groups will forevermore be known as "Warriors" or "Worriers"). There's discussion about the various hormones that are released in competition and how they affect us (spoiler--testosterone doesn't necessarily make you super-aggressive). The authors seem a bit over-invested in defending competition against forces... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) This is a book about a subject that all of us are involved with - competition. We compete all the time in a myriad of different contests, and some of us are much better at competition than others - this book explains why, how you can improve, and how coaches, business managers and leaders in general can drive this improvement. These explanations (plural because many different aspects of competition are considered) are based on the results of behavioral psychology and biology, but you do not have to be a physiologist or biologist to understand the book. The writing is entertaining and very clear, and does not require any scientific background. I recommend this book to parents, teachers, students, coaches, athletes, employers, employees, and military leaders - in short to everyone. Below is a general discussion of some of what is in book.

o The book begins with how people react to stress and competition - the biological reasons why some people freeze up under stressful... Read more
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