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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Knowby Katty Kay
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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.
"Broadcast journalists Kay and Shipman (Womenomics) address the self-confidence gap between women and men, consulting a range of experts to determine what female confidence looks like and how it can be achieved. Their sources include WNBA players, successful entrepreneurs, and senior U.S. military, all of whom admit to facing crises in confidence. They visit a neuropsychologist studying rhesus monkeys to explore nature vs. nurture theories on anxiety and the brain's neurotransmitters that enhance or inhibit confidence. The authors discuss obstacles to self-assurance women face like 'negative habitual thought,' internalized pressure to conform to feminine stereotypes, and a 'hormonal tendency to avoid risk.' Studies cited suggest women are more critical of their own scientific skills and spatial reasoning, and speak up less in a group setting. Kay and Shipman provide a great blueprint for raising daughters by discouraging perfectionism, noting that perfectionism smothers achievement and is the enemy of confidence. For readers themselves, the authors include techniques for eliminating 'negative automatic thoughts' with self-compassion and recommend 'quick fixes' like meditation, correct posture, and healthy habits. All of this research, as well as the authors' own recounting of experiences with doubt in their professional lives, effectively builds into a comprehensive set of ingredients for the confident woman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The Confidence Code belongs in the bag of every woman in America. It combines groundbreaking scientific research and firsthand accounts from the worlds most powerful woman."Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan
"How do we make the most of our talents, skills, and interests? This book demonstrates that its not enough to know what were doing; our confidence is a key factor in our success. Fascinating reading for every woman who wants to take her life to the next level." Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"All too often, even the most successful women have indicated that their confidence is fleeting or domain-specific. The gifted authors who were behind Womenomics prove that can change. Discover how you can specifically develop that enduring sense of self-assurance in this remarkable book." Marshall Goldsmith, author of the international bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence — and learning how to achieve it — for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.
Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.
Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition — with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business — Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to lean in. Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.
About the Author
Katty Kay is the Washington correspondent for BBC World News America. She is a contributor on Meet the Press, Larry King Live, and The Chris Matthews Show, and a regular guest host for Diane Rehm on NPR.
Claire Shipman is senior national correspondent for Good Morning America. Formerly the White House correspondent for NBC News, she has also worked at CNN, where she earned a National Headliners Award, among many other honors.
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