In "Beauty Sick," Dr. Renee Engeln reveals the consequences of our obsession with girls' appearance on their emotional and physical health, wallets, and ambitions. Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, girls and women must break free from cultural forces that feed destructive desires, attitudes, and words.
While social life can make the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating it is consistently overwhelming. Though we may recognize our awkward disposition, we rarely understand why we're like this. In "Awkward," Ty Tashiro unpacks decades of research to help us better understand this trait. He explores its origins, considers how the awkward view the world, and delivers a welcome message: those characteristics that make us socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.
A renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults, defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it, and using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" is a honest look at modern life, full of truth about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.
Most of us don't want to think. Thinking is trouble. It can force us out of familiar habits and complicate our relationships. It's also slow, and that's a problem when our habits of consuming information leave us lost in the online spin cycle. In this smart and entertaining book, Jacobs diagnoses the many forces that act to prevent thinking and dispels the myths we hold about what it means to think well. Jacobs digs into the nuts and bolts of the cognitive process, offering hope that each of us can reclaim our mental lives.
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit. Personal, insightful, and even life-changing, "Grit" is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that--not talent or luck--makes all the difference.
As a kid in the 1970s and 80s, Carina Chocano was confused by the mixed messages all around her on how to be a woman. It wasn't until she spent five years as a movie critic, however, that she really came to understand how the stories culture tells about what it means to be a girl limit lives and shape destinies. In "You Play the Girl," Chocano blends personal stories with insightful analysis to show that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on screen.
Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction--an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior, from emails to Instagram likes. In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible. By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children.