We’re all on a mission to uncover things we don’t yet know about ourselves. Why do we do what we do? Why do we like what we like? Thankfully there are a few books that reveal why we are the way we are. Back by psychology and loads of research, these books will help you learn more about yourself than ever before.
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Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D
The research Dr. Carol Dweck lays out is extensive. She theorizes that there are two types of mindsets you can have:
A fixed mindset- in which you believe your abilities are set and you are more likely to get discouraged if you are not successful at something right away.
A growth mindset- where you believe your abilities can develop and you know you will improve after you fail.
The book makes you take a hard look at who you are and your mindset. You’ll notice patterns from your past and your current work ethic. It also offers strategies to help you thrive under challenges.
Quiet by Susan Cain
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? From 200+ studies and sources, Susan Cain dives into the fascinating science behind introversion.
Quiet helps you understand our culture’s view of introverts and learn from the most successful introverts.
You’ll have a better understanding of where you are on the introvert-extrovert spectrum and ways to thrive as an introvert in an extroverted world.
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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Based on neuroscience and psychology, Malcolm Gladwell unravels how we make decisions and process information.
Learn what sub-conscience biases you have that might be effecting how you think and act.
You’ll also learn how to leverage these brain-facts to help you be more productive, more trustworthy, and become a better problem-solver.
Insight by Tasha Eurich
As an organizational psychologist, Tasha Eurich teaches you how to become more self-aware and how this sort of awareness can improve your relationships and career.
You’ll understand the value of self-awareness through the author’s fascinating stories.
You’ll also become aware of how few people really see themselves as they are.
Surprising and thought-provoking.
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown, Ph.D
All of Brene Brown’s books are inspiring, research-based tools that help readers become better leaders, embrace vulnerability, and encourage connectedness.
But in this book, Brene dives into a topic you might not have dived into before, shame.
We all experience it, but do we understand the complicated emotion, where it stems from, how we react to it, and what we can do to release shame and live our perfectly imperfect lives?
After finishing this book, you’ll have a better understanding of your negative self-talk and the emotions you experience after you make a mistake.
You’ll also know you to re-frame those thoughts to promote more self-compassion in your life.
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