Emotional Agility

Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

by Susan David

Number of pages: 288

Publisher: Avery

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths

ISBN: 978-1592409495

About the Author

Susan David, PhD, is a psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology. An in-demand speaker and consultant, David has worked with 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 leading publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Time, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal.


Editorial Review

Summary of Emotional Agility by Susan David. This summary intends to increase your awareness of your own emotions and to help you come to peace with even the difficult ones. According to the author, Susan David, if you want to control your emotions, you need to address your thinking patterns and your behaviors with agility rather than rigidity; you need to break free from any thought or belief that no longer serves you. This will help you enjoy your relationships with people, achieve your goals and fully live your life with all your heart. 

Book Reviews

“A powerful book on embracing your core values, being more decisive, and committing to meaningful change.”

“Harvard’s Susan David—a psychologist, coach, and consultant—presents evidence that people need to understand and work with their negative emotions while not letting old patterns dominate their lives.”

“Emotional agility is a science-based approach that allows one to navigate life’s twists and turns, stresses and setbacks with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind.”

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