The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know

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Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few—or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world's leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.

Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That's the good news. You won't discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won't find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483003344
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Katty Kay is the anchor of BBC World News America, based in Washington, DC. She is also a frequent contributor to Meet the Press and Morning Joe and a regular guest host for The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. She’s the author, along with Claire Shipman, of two New York Times bestsellers, Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better and The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know. In addition to her work on women’s issues, Katty has covered the Clinton administration sex scandal, four presidential elections, and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She was at the Pentagon just twenty minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 9/11—one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack. Katty grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some “rusty Japanese.” Katty juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant. Visit Katty online at

Claire Shipman is the senior national correspondent for ABC News' Good Morning America and a regular on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Previously, Shipman was the White House correspondent for NBC News and a reporter for CNN in Moscow, where she earned multiple awards for her coverage of the demise of the Soviet Union. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

Sandy Rustin is an actress and playwright. Her sketch comedy musical about parenthood, Rated P (For Parenthood), opened to critical acclaim off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2012; her one-act comedy, Fireworks, recently won the seventh annual Nor'Eastern Playwriting competition; and her newest full length play, The Cottage, was selected as part of Midtown Direct Rep's 2013 Theatre in the Loft Reading Series. A
graduate of Northwestern University, she currently lives in New York City.

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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for women and girls of all ages. Most of us are well aware of the imposter syndrome (even if we didn’t realize it had been scientifically documented) but the science and research about women and confidence extends far beyond that. Shipman and Kay have taken all the available information, both documented and anecdotal, and distilled it into a lively and compelling read. I expected to find the book enlightening. I didn’t expect to find it so entertaining. Even better, the authors don’t stop at pointing out the shortcomings women have in the confidence arena, but offer ways to overcome them. The book is both informative and useful, and readers will walk away with tools to transform their own behavior. 
Remy2 More than 1 year ago
The Confidence Code does not disappoint!  There are key insights found in the interviews that give  a fresh perspective to a sisterhood of insecurity and how to successfully deal with it.  The research regarding  confidence leads the reader to develop personalized conclusions which can be carried into either  domestic or professional spheres.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My curiosity was piqued immediately. Do I focus on competence over confidence? And what really is confidence anyway. In "The Confidence Code," written with great insight, openness and a thoughtful and measured approach, the authors demystify the value of confidence in the marketplace and in everyday life and why it is some of us have it and some us don't. Mixing the right levels of science, intrigue, example, humor and humility--they even go as far as personal genetic testing to see how they fare on the confidence scale--the reader has all the available wisdom to "crack" the confidence code and better understand its impact on just about everything we do. Personally, I found myself listening to conversations in a different way--did a woman at my table just say "he was acting just like a woman and apologizing for everything all the time" --and thinking about my own effectiveness at work and with people in general. It was surprising. This is definitely a book that will be greatly talked about, learned from and enjoyed. I highly recommend it!
Gatowilhelm More than 1 year ago
It has very good content, several examples and even some scientific data. At the end of the book it starts to get a little redundant so that's why I'm giving it 4 stars...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It’s fun to read and at the same time provides some practical advice. It reminds of another very practical and interesting book I read recently Secret Techniques for Controlling Sadness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions by Vlad Koros, which deals with self-confidence as well as many other emotional issues. I highly recommend both these books.
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