The Confidence Code: The Science Of Getting More

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The Confidence Code: The Science Of Getting More

by Katty Kay

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | April 7, 2014 | Hardcover

The Confidence Code: The Science Of Getting More is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few-or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world''s leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.

Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That''s the good news. You won''t discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won''t find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 0.93 in

Published: April 7, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006223062X

ISBN - 13: 9780062230621

Found in: Career Planning and Job Hunting

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is time I get out of my own way! Each time I express a dream my husband's response is always to go for it. My quick response is something like "no, I can't" or "I won't get in"; basically any argument regarding failure. He is always perplexed by my response. I get frustrated. Then he saw the authors interviewed on Charlie Rose. The next day he told me he finally understood my response and suggested I read this book. Since I literally never give up an opportunity to go to Chapters it didn't take any additional prodding. I had read "Lean In" when it came out. Gave me lots of info on why I made choices along the way but really nothing I felt I could do to change where I am now, but lots of information to help my daughter as she starts out. That changed when I read "The Confidence Code". I get me, my husband gets me and I have a handle on what I do to myself every day. I work with a talented and capable group of woman, and on my way to a meeting with them I stopped at their local Indigo and bought them each a copy. I hope they read it. There is one man in the group - I gave him a copy as well. My boys will get a copy too - lots of info for men. And as men with women in their lives it sheds a little more light on some of our confounding ways. As for me, I am starting to change my daily thought patterns and just this past week I sent an email to request information on a program I am interested in taking. Still scared, still pretty sure I won't get in. Honestly, my biggest roadblock for the past 3 decades has been me. That email is my first attempt to push the roadblock away. It will take lots of pushes I am sure - but it is time to get out of my own way. Thank you to the authors for writing an interesting book that is informative and approachable. Some science, but even that is easily digestible. They may never know but someday when I thank my family in the forward of my PhD dissertation I will absolutely add their names.
Date published: 2014-05-10

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The Confidence Code: The Science Of Getting More

by Katty Kay

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 0.93 in

Published: April 7, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006223062X

ISBN - 13: 9780062230621

From the Publisher

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few-or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world''s leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.

Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That''s the good news. You won''t discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won''t find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

About the Author

Katty Kay is a reporter and journalist, based in Washington, D.C., where she covers politics for the BBC. Kay's father was a British diplomat so she spent most of her young life in Middle East countries. She graduated from Oxford where she studied modern languages and after graduating went to work for an aid agency in Zimbabwe. Kay joined the BBC in 1990 as Zimbabwe correspondent for the African section before eventually becoming correspondent of BBC World New America. She makes frequent appearances as a guest panelist on The Chris Matthews Show and Meet the Press on NBC and Larry King Live on CNN. HarperCollins published Womenomics (2009), a book written by Kay and ABC News' Good Morning America senior national correspondent Claire. Kay is married and has four children.

Editorial Reviews

"The Confidence Code belongs in the bagof every woman in America. It combines groundbreaking scientific research and firsthand accounts from the world''s most powerful woman." (Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan)
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