Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Improve Your Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
By Susan David
Published by Avery (an imprint of Penguin Random House) on September 6, 2016

Organized in a thoughtful way, this book discusses from how we hook ourselves emotionally, what it takes to truly show up, why your “why” is important, and how to move on. Susan David then finishes with chapters applying the practices to work and parenting.

I recognized myself in her explanations, heard myself saying “yep” as she brought words to the emotions I only half recognized before. Her explanation of bottlers (people who hold things in) and brooders (people who stew over things indefinitely) was particularly insightful.

The chapter on raising emotionally agile children looked at some of the conditioned responses we, as parents, give to our children that are based on our own emotions rather than the emotions our children experience – like that knee-jerk response “it’s okay” when it clearly isn’t okay right now. She made the point that in rushing to solve our children’s problems for them, we imply that we don’t trust their own problem-solving skills.

While this book isn’t overtly about relationships, applying the information in this book would improve interpersonal skills.

This is a great book for people interested in human behavior and those who want to improve their emotional health.

Thank you to Avery and Penguin Random House for the advanced reader copy, which I received for free in exchange for an honest review. Please see my disclaimer.

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