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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.
I read about 40 pages of this book before giving up entirely on it. I was hoping it would give me valuable, intelligent advice for how to overcome moments of self-doubt in the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kaity R
I'm so impressed with this book and all the various resources and angles Katty and Claire explored. Loved the combination of science and real life examples of confidence. Read morePublished 18 days ago by EZ Reader
Good insights in the world of confidence...not as straightforward as you think. If you are concerned about demonstrating confidence this will intrigue you and get you thinking.Published 22 days ago by R. Schmellick
A must read for all young women, teachers, mentors and parents. Just wish it had been written decades ago when commencing my graduate education and professional life. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Anita L. Royal
My daughter read this book in a management class and gave it to me. I think it's a must read for mothers of daughters!Published 29 days ago by therese guadagno
As an actress/ writer in Hollywood I am familiar with failure and the need for female empowerment, as a valedictorian and former competitive figure skater I am versed in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Taryn O'Neill
Great insight into a subject that needed to be addressed. Easy reading. Useful info. Kept checking it out from the library and finally just had to buy it.Published 1 month ago by Joyce T Swearingen