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The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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"A rallying call to all of us to take a chance – to become better risk-takers. And it is inspiring." —New Scientist
"[Sukel] delves into the economics and neuroscience of risk and interviews people who make dicey decisions everyday to learn what holds people back or encourages them to take chances." —Scientific American
"Cultural scientist Kayt Sukel breaks down why aggressive entrepreneurs are as thoughtful, if notmore thoughtful, than more conservative businesspeople, and how smart risktaking is both importantand necessary to succeed in career and in life."
—Inc.com, naming The Art of Risk “a book that will upgrade your life in 2016.”
"Kayt Sukel blends self-help and neuroscience to explain why we do what we do when faced with risk." —National Post
"Why take a chance? It turns out there are neurological and psychological reasons, as science writer Kayt Sukel sets forth in The Art of Risk.The approachable study includes interviews with 'professional risk-takers' including a brain surgeon, a gambler and a firefighter." —The Sacramento Bee
"Interesting for both the science and the personal stories, this thoughtful book will prompt a range of readers to reexamine their lives and motives."
"The author is a blithe and personable guide to risk-taking, sharing her own experiences and getting research scientists to open up about their findings."
“This book is a road map for understanding boldness. Read it and get ready for a bolder lifestyle.”
—Todd B. Kashdan, professor of psychology, George Mason University, and author of The Upside of Your Dark Side
"[The Art of Risk] uses new research and real-world situations to help readers reframe risky decisions and make the most of them." —Houston Press
"[A] helpful guide to how people can use risk-taking to their advantage...highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review
“The book is carefully planned and well-constructed. Readers are in for an enlightening treat.”-San Francisco Book Review
“Kayt is a brilliant writer and her new book The Art of Risk is one of my favorite reads of 2016.”-Chistine Gilbert of almostfearless.com
About the Author
Kayt Sukel earned a BS in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, The Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom (www.travelsavvymom.com), and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation's many science publications (www.dana.org). Much of her work can be found on her website, www.kaytsukel.com, including stories about out-of-body experiences, computer models of schizophrenia, and exotic travel with young children. She lives outside Houston and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel.
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Sukel uses the science to show us how our brain reacts to risk taking, but goes on to talk about how e can still nurture our risk taking capabilities. She also dives into common misconceptions around people who take risks e.g. women, base jumpers, and neurosurgeons.
I'd agree with some of the other reviewers that the book should be renamed The Science of Risk. I'd have recommended calling it an art if it was more a pop/psy book, which clearly this book isn't. However, I think it's great that it is about the science and tied to Sukel's work as a scientist.
While some reviewers may not like her personal narrative, I thought it warmed the text, especially given how much science is in it, and helped readers connect to the author and keep the subject matter grounded. I also appreciated how she balanced her personal narrative with a diverse set of stories. Some were interview based while others were told in first person.
I'd highly recommend this book for those looking to get a better understanding of what it means to take a risk in their lives and livelihoods.
One of the things I like about Sukel's writing is that it is very approachable. She provides enough connection to the science to be interesting but without bogging down in all the technical details. She provides anecdotes and summarizes studies that I've been thinking about since reading them, wondering how I can apply the research and lessons to my work and personal life.
It is now on my wife's bookstand, and I'm looking forward to being able to talking about it with her when she finishes it.
"The Art of Risk" is more than a look at the art and science behind risk, it's a bit of a parenting book, too--that owner's manual for teens you always wish you had.
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