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Emotional Agility

Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life
Narrated by: Claire Gordon-Webster
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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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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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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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
  • 07-16-16

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
  • 08-09-16

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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  • omar
  • 11-14-16

Amazing read

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

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  • TheGreatBeyoner
  • 10-31-16

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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  • Viv
  • 10-11-16

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
  • 07-23-18

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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  • Catriona Ferris
  • 07-18-18

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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  • Anthony Charles
  • 02-13-19

thought provoking, educational, entertaining

why does this require 15 words when it's optional? please see the summary I wrote

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  • K
  • 08-02-18

Emotional management

This book helped me Actively Change 4 my new me. An easy read for change.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-18

One of the best manuals on authenticity increase.

This book is wonderful reading. Combination of scientific findings and practical steps helped me to achieve understanding on why after 20 years of reading positive psychology, meditation, visualisation and more..... why I still did not feel in charge over my goals and sense of self.
I applied tools and can certainly said this was the best investment I made in a long time.
Big thank you Susan David:)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-18

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
  • 02-19-18

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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  • Ellie
  • 08-11-19

My new favourite

If you want to listen/read to only one book about emotions, this is the one to pick.
I cannot recommend it enough. The author did an amazing job at simplifying her theories and practices. This will help anyone who wants to understand more about and deal with their emotions in a healthy way.

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  • Martin Smengle
  • 08-09-19

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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  • kirsten
  • 05-22-19

Sage Advice for Living Authentically

So much wisdom based on actual research in this book! A guide to managing your emotions, acknowledging they are data and not directives. Emphasis on the importance of showing up and stepping out, knowing that "discomfort is the price of a meaningful life". Will listen to again I'm sure!

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  • Starbuck
  • 01-09-18

A worthwhile read

I enjoyed this book up until the last 3 chapters which just didn't apply to my life. I read another review which described the book as a "re hash". This may well be true but it is the first book of this kind that I have been able to tolerate without being bored to tears. The narration was great and I have already began applying some of the principles to my life with good effect.

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  • Megan
  • 10-18-17

Inspiring

A helpful guide to learning to live a meaningful life. A great read and highly recommended.