Superheroes don't start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents' murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham.
What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves - for the benefit of themselves and others.
Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Author Emily Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each person's superpowers, special tools, personal kryptonite - and weapons against it - Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kick-ass versions of themselves.
©2015 Original Material © 2015 by Emily V. Gordon, c/o Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
As far as self help books go I quickly realized that adult males were not Emily Gordon's target audience. I did gain some good takeaways from this book. There is a lot of practical advice to be found.
I like how she suggests to turn YOU into a superhero. There is you and a super you. There are many versions of you.
Book is definitely targeted to a younger female audience. Should of guessed with the Super Hero theme.
Lots of feminist undertones. Also, there are lots and lots of assumptions made about the differences between men and women. For example, "Men are taught everything they do is golden." This does not ring true in my experience. This is just one example, but there were many more. Felt many of the generalizations reflected more on the author's insecurities than actual truth.
Predicted the Super Hero tie in might be gimmicky, but it genuinely made the book more interesting.
This book is an incredibly powerful read. Emily Gordon walks a fine line of personalizing the stories so they resonate, but always keeping the focus on the reader's process and the reader's reflection on the material. There's a healthy amount of individuality to her writing and absolutely no ego.
Self-Help books can be tough to read. They can be cloying or patronizing. The worst ones are both. What comes through from "Super You" is empathy and understanding. Emily Gordon's caring for her fellow humans is on every page. Her compassion is on every page. Her genuine wish for a world of wonderful and healthy people is on every page. Hearing the book in her voice just accentuates these things. Her main goal is to get her readers to live their lives with intention, to become the best versions of themselves through self-actualization, and claiming power over their lives, their experiences, and their view of themselves and the world they navigate. "Super You" was written with staggering intention. The plans and goals she lays out in "Super You" are attainable and able to be mastered, if you're willing to put in the work. The book is a wonderful tool, and a testament to the beauty of Emily Gordon's humanity.
Find this book. It meant the world to me, and I believe it will mean the same to you.
Highly caffeinated bookaholic workaholic
Love this book! Loved the content, context, delivery -- every thing.
Unlike many other self help books, this one didn't make me feel ashamed for being who I am -- an overly emotional feminine woman who works her but off instead of mingling to get ahead. Given that I go through at least one self help book a quarter, I am well aware that I have many things to work on and thanks to reading those other books I've learned different ways of coping. Usually, after finishing these types of books, I feel defeated and exhausted. As a result, I usually don't read them a second time.
Unlike the type of book I just described, this book will not make you feel ashamed for being who you are. Emily Gordon has written this book to help us look within, work within and eventually grow into our super-you. It will definitely be a reread, times infinity, as I'm certain I'll get something more each time.
I really enjoyed the super you concept. Explaining self-exploration and self-care through super hero concepts was really interesting and useful.
Practical, honest, funny
It was very accessible. It was her she was talking about, but it could easily have been me.
Emily's narration is both soothing and personal. Her stories are her stories, and who better to tell them than her. Even if she didn't write the book, her delivery was superb!
So much. Forgive yourself, embrace your imperfections, learn from your traumas
This was the funniest and most appropriate self help book I have read. Emily V. Gordon is not only a poignant author but an awesome narrator to boot!
If your into sit-com therapy this book is for you. While I felt like the author was creative in her sentiments, much of her objectives towards therapy were 101. I wasn't moved nor did I learn anything beyond common sense googling.
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