Shayne Recommends: Emotional Agility

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

Susan David, PhD


Who should read this book?

This book is for those who want to understand how to navigate their emotions and normalize negative emotions.

Why Shayne recommends this book:

I recommend this book especially for those who tend to struggle with harsh "inner critics". It will improve your response to your emotions, leading to more harmonious conflict resolution in relationships.

From the Publisher

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.

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.

About Shayne Adams


Shayne is a psychotherapist based in Chicago Illinois.  Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and relaxed.  Sessions resemble more of a conversation than a  traditional doctor/patient visit. She does not see her client’s concerns through a critical judgmental lens, instead, she views her clients as struggling while they do their best to navigate a stressful contradictory world. Shayne strives to understand her clients in the context of their unique experience and assist them work through the issues that trouble them.

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