Presence : bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges / Amy Cuddy.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A Harvard psychologist and TED star shares strategic advice on how to live in accordance with one's inner resources to overcome social fears and self-doubt while heightening confidence, productivity and influence, "--NoveList.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction -- 1. What Is Presence? -- 2. Believing and Owning Your Story -- 3. Stop Preaching, Start Listening: How Presence Begets Presence -- 4. I Don't Deserve to Be Here -- 5. How Powerlessness Shackles the Self (and How Power Sets It Free) -- 6. Slouching, Steepling, and the Language of the Body -- 7. Surfing, Smiling, and Singing Ourselves to Happiness -- 8. The Body Shapes the Mind (So Starfish Up!) -- 9. How to Pose for Presence -- 10. Self-Nudging: How Tiny Tweaks Lead to Big Changes -- 11. Fake It Till You Become It -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-336) and index.
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LJ Reviews 2016 January #1

Readers may be familiar with social psychologist Cuddy (business administration, Harvard Business Sch.) through her TED Talk in which she discussed how our body language shapes who we are. Here, Cuddy expands on that conversation with a thorough discussion of the concept of presence, meaning a confident physical presentation that adds to mental confidence. While presence doesn't guarantee a specific outcome, developing it allows us to face our challenges without anxiety. Presence also helps us leave a situation without second-guessing our responses. It eliminates feelings of inferiority by shedding the fear of being exposed as imposters. Drawing heavily on her own experiences overcoming a traumatic brain injury and from those of average people, Cuddy shows how employing simple techniques lessen the anxiety experienced when faced with a challenging situation. Presence encourages us to be our authentic selves and operate ultimately from a place of personal power, not fear. A background in psychology is not necessary to understanding the material. Additionally, ample references to academic research further reinforce the content and will be of interest to psychology students. Personal narratives throughout the book support the author's ideas. VERDICT Given the popularity of Cuddy's TED Talk, one would expect that this book will be in demand, and readers will not be disappointed.—Lydia Olszak, Bosler Memorial Lib., Carlisle, PA

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