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Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
"I'm not spending enough time with my kids." "This work presentation is going to be a disaster." "Why is my house always such a mess?"
We all have niggling doubts and worries of this kind: they are an inevitable party of a busy modern lifestyle. But many of us magnify these subjective negative thoughts into unshakeable facts. We feel that, far from being in control of our emotions, our emotions are entirely in control of us.
Over her career as a psychologist and consultant, Susan David has found that the happiest people have exactly the same stresses and setbacks as anyone else. The difference is that they have learned to unhook themselves from unhelpful patterns in thought and behaviour. They are emotionally agile.
Drawing on more than twenty years of academic and professional experience, Susan David has pioneered a new way of helping us to make peace with ourselves. Emotional Agility will help you to positively connect with your emotions, act according to your deepest values, and flourish.
Susan David has a PhD in psychology and a post-doctorate in emotions research from Yale. She is a psychologist at the Harvard Medical School and a founder and director at the Harvard/McLean-affiliated Institute of Coaching. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
An accessible, reader-friendly voyage. Emotional Agility can be helpful to anyone. (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)
In Emotional Agility, Susan David teaches us to understand - and to communicate in - the unspoken language of emotion to better align how we feel with what we do. Drawing on her work as one of our leading researchers on the science of emotions, David writes with authority, compassion and insight. Essential reading. (Susan Cain, author of Quiet)
It's one thing to feel an emotion - it's another to gain control over it. Susan David acknowledges the benefits of sadness, anger, guilt, and fear, and then shows us how to make sure they don't take over our lives. This is a self-help book that might actually help. (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE)
One of the keys to a happy life is knowing yourself. In Emotional Agility, Susan David offers us a groundbreaking way to recognize our feelings and understand what they are really telling us. She also gives us the tools we need to avoid emotional ruts that keep us from reaching our bigger goals. This book is a revelation for anyone looking to make lasting change in their life. (Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling Author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project)
Susan David is a leading authority on how our thoughts, emotions and motives can empower or derail us. Her work combines compelling research, an engaging style and practical wisdom to show people how to create meaningful change in their lives in order to thrive (Peter Salovey, President of Yale University and originator of the concept of Emotional Intelligence)
The wisdom of the author's innovative insights is only made more impressive by its practicality. Her deep understanding of psychology is matched with clear, real-world steps to more effective leadership. (Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008))
In her well-researched and cutting-edge book, ?Susan David shows us the virtue of being both adaptive and decisive, of learning both ?to navigate? and stay the course. At its core, her work is a powerful and persuasive call to embrace change in our everyday lives, along with the very practical roadmap? to make it happen. Emotional Agility is basically the fast-track to fulfilment. (Claire Shipman, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Confidence Code)
A compelling, inspirational, and original book about how to bring out the best in ourselves. Combining robust science, practical advice, and encouraging wisdom, Emotional Agility is a must-read (Pat Mitchell - Chair, Sundance Institute and Editorial Director, TEDWomen)
David proves here that no one trait is more indicative of success than the ability to collaborate gracefully with your own emotions. Learning how is the difference between a fight and a dance! (Marshall Goldsmith, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B017SAEYNI
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (7 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 899 KB
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,292 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Recommendations: Everyone. The strength and resilience that you will find in understanding these things will stand you in good stead.
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After listening to Susan David on a podcast, I became interested in her stance on how we deal with our feelings and decided to buy this book. It is all about our relationship with our feelings and how we need to change how we respond to our feelings so that we are able to make the choices that benefit us. The main message is that we should treat our feelings as a compass that guides us, informing us of our core values which we need to adhere to. I'm always sceptical when it comes to self-help books, but this one doesn't paint an unrealistically positive picture of what it's like to be in control of our emotions. The fact that it acknowledges difficult emotions playing just as important a role as positive emotions is a welcoming (and, to me, accurate) message.
It really is a incredibly well-written book with a good balance of anecdotal evidence combined with peer-reviewed studies. The writing is clear and extremely well-structured, and has some much appreciated references and humour to go alongside with important lessons. Susan goes into a decent amount of detail about the studies without it becoming too academic, but it is reassuring to know that there is evidence beyond the anecdotal.
The only reason I gave it four stars is because, although the messages all capture the truth, I felt there weren't enough suggestions of practical exercises to help consolidate some of the messages. In the middle of the book, were some great recommendations about the benefits of journalling and meditating. However, I felt that towards the end it began falling into the trap of simply saying how you should be thinking without telling you how you can move towards the goal. Perhaps she wants to leave it to the reader to figure out, but I would have appreciated a few more clear recommendations of what we could do.
Overall, extremely insightful and relevant book that anyone struggling with their anxiety/identity should read. It's a book that has definitely influenced me in a positive way. Over time, I hope to really take emotional agility to heart and more fully embrace all the struggles and successes of life.
This book also has amazing tips for parents.
Lastly, woven through it is the heart-warming and thoroughly inspiring story of a great woman, Susan David, growing up in Apartheid, embracing many difficulties, and becoming the author of this book; my favourite book of 2017!
Her message and “help” were scattered all over the place with no proper structure, it was like a jigsaw.
While it was useful having different research pieces back her statements, I felt the book was centred more on research than what the title promised.
The conclusion was the best chapter as it summarised the author’s intention for the book unfortunately, it had no substance.
However, the more I kept reading the more confused I felt. I tried listening to the Audible version to see whether that would help, as sometimes a good narrator can draw out key insights by emphasis. That didn't work either. In fact, it added to my confusion.
I am NOT saying that the concepts in this book are bad. They are backed by research and I was familiar with many of them from prior reading.
I AM saying is that I disliked the presentation. The key messages are helpful but packaged in a way that I did not find conceptually satisfying.
Maybe I'm just picky, or maybe my expectations have been set really high by other works (see my later recommendations).
Let me illustrate what I mean by the packaging being unsatisfying.
This book has a multitude of analogies and references to pop culture (movies and the like) but the narrative often jumps from one analogy to another with wild abandon. I like a powerful analogy that provides a means to understand a new or difficult concept, but the overuse of analogy is troubling because an analogy is not reality, only a pointer to a deeper truth. Too much analogy and I only get a glimpse in the direction of truth, not the truth itself. Analogy can be used to mask fluffy thinking.
The same with concepts. I think there were too many, too close together. As an example, I found myself nodding along to "Thinking, Fast and Slow" because Type I and Type II thinking helps make sense of the world. Even without Kahnemann's prize-winning research, I intuitively sense it to be true. But "Emotional Agility" seems to bombard me with endless lists of important concepts with the effect that I get the sense that the author knows a lot about emotional rigidity, yet can't give me powerful tools or methods to deal with that rigidity and transform it into agility.
In short, the author comes across as a subject matter expert but what's missing is that spark of life that tells me that she is a good personal guide to transformation, not just an expert who knows a lot. There's too much theory and not enough practice, at least in the first four chapters of the book. I couldn't bear to stay with the book beyond that.
Your mileage may vary.
Let me close this review by recommending alternatives. These are books that set the bar really high, and I believe they explore concepts and convey practical methods that are fundamental to emotional agility.
** Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert) - When it comes to understanding the emotional difficulties associated with creativity, I think Big Magic is pure magic. Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, has somehow bottled the essence of what it takes to create stuff and keep going beyond the inevitable emotional setbacks that accompany a creative life. Highly recommended for writers and other creative types.
** Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Marshall Rosenberg) - Having tried NVC (Nonviolent Communication) for five years, I now cannot imagine life without it. It has literally transformed the way I approach relationships at home and at work. I have defused arguments at work, vastly improved my marriage, empathized with my children to help them move through difficult times in their lives, and really started to connect with people around me.
** The Courage to be Happy: True Contentment Is In Your Power (Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga) - A self help book laid out in the form of a dialogue between a young man and a philosopher. The amazing thing about this book is that it turns the somewhat inaccessible theories of 20th century philosopher Alfred Adler, into a fictional work that comes alive and stays with the reader. I marvel at the simplicity of looking at life through the three basic tasks of work, friendship, and love. While being happy is simple, it does indeed take courage.