Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

by Susan David


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Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David

#1 Wall Street Journal Best Seller
USA Today Best Seller
Amazon Best Book of the Year

The counterintuitive approach to achieving your true potential, heralded by the Harvard Business Review as a groundbreaking idea of the year.

The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive and you’ll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility—emotional agility.

Emotional agility is a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. Renowned psychologist Susan David developed this concept after studying emotions, happiness, and achievement for more than twenty years. She found that no matter how intelligent or creative people are, or what type of personality they have, it is how they navigate their inner world—their thoughts, feelings, and self-talk—that ultimately determines how successful they will become.

The way we respond to these internal experiences drives our actions, careers, relationships, happiness, health—everything that matters in our lives. As humans, we are all prone to common hooks—things like self-doubt, shame, sadness, fear, or anger—that can too easily steer us in the wrong direction. Emotionally agile people are not immune to stresses and setbacks. The key difference is that they know how to adapt, aligning their actions with their values and making small but powerful changes that lead to a lifetime of growth. Emotional agility is not about ignoring difficult emotions and thoughts; it’s about holding them loosely, facing them courageously and compassionately, and then moving past them to bring the best of yourself forward.

Drawing on her deep research, decades of international consulting, and her own experience overcoming adversity after losing her father at a young age, David shows how anyone can thrive in an uncertain world by becoming more emotionally agile. To guide us, she shares four key concepts that allow us to acknowledge uncomfortable experiences while simultaneously detaching from them, thereby allowing us to embrace our core values and adjust our actions so they can move us where we truly want to go.

Written with authority, wit, and empathy, Emotional Agility serves as a road map for real behavioral change—a new way of acting that will help you reach your full potential, whoever you are and whatever you face.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592409495
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 46,249
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan David, Ph.D., is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School; cofounder and codirector of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital; and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy. An in-demand speaker and advisor, David has worked with the senior leadership of hundreds of major organizations, including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Harvard Business ReviewTime, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. Originally from South Africa, she lives outside Boston with her family.

Table of Contents

1 Rigidity to Agility 1

2 Hooked 17

3 Trying to Unhook 43

4 Showing Up 65

5 Stepping Out 89

6 Walking Your Why 113

7 Moving On: The Tiny Tweaks Principle 135

8 Moving On: The Teeter-Totter Principle 163

9 Emotional Agility at Work 189

10 Raising Emotionally Agile Children 217

11 Conclusion: Becoming Real 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 247

Index 267

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Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Monzelle More than 1 year ago
Words can't describe the transformation I've experienced emotionally as well as intellectually as a result of reading "Emotional Agility!" - I've fully embraced that I have a choice. "Mindsets are just beliefs."They're powerful beliefs, but they're just something in my mind, and I can change my mind. And Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge!!!!! - Some of the concepts in this book, such as: "Embrace an evolving identity and release narratives that no longer serve me," has been extremely liberating to my identity and purpose/destiny for my life. Therefore, l recommend that you read "Emotional Agility," by Susan David,PhD...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has created a huge transformation in mind shift for me. It really helped to put personal relationships, professional relationships and other relationships into perspective. For anyone that is looking to better understand the part we play in our day to day relationships and how it impacts our well being, this is a must read. I highly recommend this book!