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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Emotional Agility by Susan David, read by Claire Gordon-Webster. Every day we speak around 16,000 words - but inside our minds we create tens of thousands more. Thoughts such as 'I'm not spending enough time with my children' or 'I'm not good enough to present my work' can seem to be unshakable facts.

In reality they're the judgmental opinions of our inner voices. Drawing on more than 20 years of academic research, consulting, and her own experiences overcoming adversity, Susan David, PhD, a psychologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has pioneered a new way to enable us to make peace with our inner selves, achieve our most valued goals, make real change, and live life to the fullest.

Susan David has found that emotionally agile people experience the same stresses and setbacks as anyone else. The difference is the emotionally agile know how to unhook themselves from unhelpful patterns and how to create values-based success with better habits and behaviours.

Emotional Agility describes a new way of living and relating to yourself and the world around you. Become aware of your true nature, learn to face your emotions with acceptance and generosity, act according to your deepest values and flourish.

Susan David has a PhD in psychology and a postdoctorate in emotions research from Yale. She is a psychologist at the Harvard Medical School and a founder and director at the Harvard/McLean-affiliated Institute of Coaching. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, whose worldwide client list includes Ernst and Young Global, the UN Development Program, JP Morgan Chase and GlaxoSmithKline. She has edited a number of books, including the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, and her research has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Time and The Wall Street Journal. Born in South Africa, Susan now lives in Boston with her family.

©2016 Susan David (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

Critic Reviews

"Essential reading." (Susan Cain, author of Quiet)
"An accessible, reader-friendly voyage. Emotional Agility can be helpful to anyone." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)

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A nice book , author has taken real life incidents

I could relate it to my experiences wasn't able to complete the book 🤣 lol

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simply amazing..!!!!

I just loved it..it's a guide to handle your own emotions and choose your response wisely...very apt for people looking for building their mental strength and agility ...must read for everyone..

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 01-03-18

Fantastic!!

If you wonder whether or not to read/download/listen to this book, just do it! If you take the book’s lessons to heart you might just change your life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-20

Useful life skill

This book has helped in establishing the understanding required for me to heal from my childhood trauma and manage and improve my every day life. I am person who lives in fear for the most part and the insights from this book helped me in my day to day. I love listening to this audiobook when I’m cooking or commuting or doing mindless things, interrupting my negative habitual thought patterns from taking over and paving way for neuroplasticity to allow me to form newer better patterns that serve me.

Highly recommend this book!

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  • Caramel
  • 06-07-20

Very nice and useful read.

I loved this book. it was easy and smooth to listen to and gave me a whole new perspective of how to deal woh emotions.

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  • CaribbeanQueen24
  • 14-01-19

Get to the point! This book goes around in circles

Get to the point! This book goes around in circles, one expects a clear beginning middle and a end you will not find that here.

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  • Laura
  • 16-07-16

A superb listen!

I've really enjoyed Susan David's Emotional Agility audiobook. Susan has managed to integrate academic research, personal stories and practical questions and tools into the book. She's blended these superbly to ensure the book is accessible to readers/listeners from any background. You don't need to have a psychology degree because it's not a heavy going academic book. You simply need to be interested in how emotionally agility can help you navigate life's ups and downs. Not since I read Carol Dweck's 'Mindsets' have I been so captivated by a book. I've re-read several chapters already because I wanted to properly reflect on the content in relation to my own life, and as part of my coaching training. The narration of the audiobook version is particularly good and has made it much easier to recall the key points from the book.

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  • clive
  • 09-08-16

Rehash dressed up as something new

The book starts with a claim that emotional agility is a new concept, a step forward from 'emotional intelligence'. For me though it was a ragbag of existing older ideas (CBT, nudge, thinking fast and slow etc) without a coherent underpinning structure. It lacked practical advice and came across as glib at times in a 'just be true to yourself' way. Not a bad primer and pleasant enough to listen to but superficial and nothing new.

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  • TheGreatBeyoner
  • 31-10-16

Cleaver analysis and useful advice

If you're the type of person who thinks too much, has unpredictable emotional world or struggles to realise where you're feelings come from, this book could be very useful. It's a board book which was useful to me as I often read too deeply and specifically. It also has useful advice without be preachy or prescriptive.

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  • omar
  • 14-11-16

Amazing read

Amazing read ! A very thought full book helped me a great deal . Highly recommended ! O

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  • Viv
  • 11-10-16

Good concept

I was curious and perhaps higher expectation of this book. It did not address anything I did not know so was quite disappointed. This is ideal for someone who has no prior understanding of the concept then it would be 5/5.
Narrator was excellent!

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  • Busybee, london
  • 23-07-18

Masterful delivery of concepts. Outstanding book.

Complex ideas powerfully and lightly delivered.
Narrator is perfect for this book.
Brilliantly written.
Highly recommended it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-21

Helped me to sort out what's going on in my head.

I've read many self-help / self-improvement books and really enjoy sorting myself out and Emotional Agility was most definitely one of the best books I've read to date which really nailed what's going on in my head and how I can sort it out. Thank you Susan so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-20

great😊👏

loved it, it resonated with me and mentioned a ton of important topics it felt like rereading a bunch of other best selling books in 1

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  • Kathrine Johansson
  • 16-12-20

Amazing

I loved this book. It totally changed my views on my emotions. This book is truly life altering.

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  • Catriona Ferris
  • 18-07-18

You might as well watch the Ted Talk

Whle Susan tell a good story if you have watched the Ted talk there is very little new to change your thinking from a 12 minute Ted talk to a 7 1/2 hour book. Lacked real depth and no enough new thinking for 7 1/2 hours. Generally dissappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-18

Easy to follow, insightful

I found this audio book easy to listen, very insightful and thought provoking. I will buy the hard copy now so I can highlight sections to re-read. I am normally an exercise or drive to music person but for the last few days this is all I have wanted to listen too

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  • Denyse
  • 19-02-18

Excellent Learning for All Ages!

Thank you Susan David (author) for your book and for audible for producing it via this means. i have learned more to add to my growing skill set of what it is to be human

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  • Martin Smengle
  • 09-08-19

Deeply influential

This book is close to my heart. I saw Sue's TED talk and heard her being interviewed by Jordan Harbinger around the same time, and took the plunge to purchase this.

The fundamental idea in this book is that happiness, while a nice thing to feel, is not the thing we should be chasing. Rather, a life that has meaning is ,uchmore important. This can be reflected in our work, our personal lives and and our private thoughts. While this sounds counter-intuitive, it's absolutely correct. We are at our best when we work towards things that mean something to us, based on our fundamental. Of course with any such pursuit, ranging from anything from raising a child to being an elite athlete (extreme example), there is discomfort and pain.

Embracing such an approach is profoundly satisfying. On my own personal journey, the philosophical underpinnings of this work resonated with Russ Harris' work on acceptance and commitment therapy, which I had encountered personally.

Harris' work gave me a methodology to work with, but Emotional Agility contributed to a new philosophical outlook, which I am forever grateful for: "Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-21

Love this book!

Such a profound way of seeing emotions! Eye opening plus the narrator was great. Thanks to Susan for an amazing book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-20

Life changing.

Free yourself by reading this book. Game changer. Courage over comfort. Learn abs grow!! Amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-20

Enjoyable

Simple to relate to and apply, uses short stories as examples. For adults and children.

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  • Anita
  • 15-09-20

Awesome!

This book is enlightening, down to earth, ground breaking and has easily implantable strategies to make life’s ups and downs more manageable for us and our kids. Loved it!
Thank you Susan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-20

Read if you want the truth and not the fluff

Great book focused on reality and bringing out the best in yourself whatever your situation.

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  • Robyn cox
  • 21-07-20

Good material spoilt by annoying narration

Annoying narration with harsh diction that sounded like a upperclass school girl reading a speech her mother wrote. I couldn't finish. turned it off after chapter 4. I will read the paper version of book however, as content was good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-20

Useless reader can't read properly.

Needs a better reader someone who can get the attention of the audience can't understand what she's saying because it's not matching the text.