Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

by Tasha Eurich

Number of pages: 368

Publisher: Crown Business

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths

ISBN: 978-0451496812

About the Author

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to self-improvement. Over her 15-plus-year career, she has helped thousands of professionals—from Fortune 500 executives to early stage entrepreneurs—improve their self-awareness and success. Tasha is the principal of The Eurich Group, a boutique executive development firm that helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams.


Editorial Review

Self-awareness is the meta-skill of the twenty-first century. If we’re not self-aware, it’s almost impossible to master the skills that make us stronger team players, superior leaders, and better relationship builders—at work and beyond. The lifelong journey to understanding who we are and how we’re seen can be a bumpy one, full of obstacles and roadblocks. It can be difficult, painful, and slow. It can make us feel imperfect, weak, and vulnerable. But this road is also paved with the greatest of opportunities. Insight is for anyone who wants to make the leap from self-blindness to self-insight, and in turn reap the rewards of smarter choices, stronger relationships, and a better life.  

Book Reviews

"Only 1-15 percent of people are truly self-aware. The power of being self-aware is that it helps you become conscious of your own habits and decide if you need to change them. But it’s a difficult balance; becoming too self-conscious can be just as dangerous as not being aware enough of your own tendencies." — Unstuck

"Tasha Eurich says most people fall into the same boat because they lack enough self-awareness.The good news, she says, is that it’s possible to overcome this gap, and doing so can have a profound impact on your life. She outlines her findings and strategies in a new book, Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life."— Capital Group

"A fascinating read"— The Guardian

"Required reading for every human … expected to interact with other ones in their lifetime.”— Tiffany Dufu

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