The Thinking Life

Choosing Civility

St. Martin’s Griffin
192 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-62572-6

How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

P. M. Forni

“[Forni] offers sound advice on how to incorporate thinking into a hectic lifestyle.”—Portland Book Review

Professor Forni, founder of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, is America’s civility expert. In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught readers the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness. Now, in The Thinking Life, he looks at the importance of thinking in our lives: how we do it, why we don’t do enough of it and why we need to do more of it.

In twelve short chapters, he gives readers a remedy for the Age of Distraction, an age fueled by the internet, video games, smartphones, and tablets—all of which make constant demands on our attention, diverting it from one thing to another. “Mr. Forni goes into great detail about how to make good decisions, ones made critically, ethically and rationally. His advice is simple but non-patronizing as he instructs on how to avoid emotional decisions while thinking things through. The book winds down by making the case that the practice of true thinking, when placed at the center of one’s life, can make for a much more rewarding life experience . . . P.M. Forni’s book should help anyone who wants to learn how to think in the din of endless cable news channels, cellphone conversations, Facebook obsession and tweeting.”—Perry Munyon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

P.M. ForniP. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Thinking Life has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Cincinnati Christian University; Coppin State University (MD), Martin Methodist College (TN)