The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--and How To Make The Most Of Them Now by Meg JayThe Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--and How To Make The Most Of Them Now by Meg Jay

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--and How To Make The Most Of Them Now

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Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students,THE DEFINING DECADEweaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-ifwe use the time wisely.

THE DEFINING DECADEis a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.

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Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development, and twentysomethings in particular. She is an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of ...
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Title:The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--and How To Make The Most Of Them NowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST! This is an absolute GREAT book and should be required reading!!! It is even useful for ages up to 30, or those not yet settled in a career - for those that feel listless and drifting through life.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh Air A quick read and a handy manual for taking steps to live a life more in tune with your values and aspirations. Not everyone has to live a life of radical nonconformity but if 9 - 5 corporate drudgery is getting you down, this book offers emotional support and inspiration.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anything is possible While this book doesn't get into details like the "4hr Work Week", but it will begin spinning the gears in your head to what is possible. This will make you take a deeper look at what you're doing
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration This is a book about the choices we make and the lives we live as a result. I used to always make the safe choice but now sometimes, I dig deep and find the courage to take the road less traveled. There isn't just one way to do things and just because everyone else thinks you're crazy doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. I've had some great unconventional experiences since I first read this book and I return to it regularly for inspiration.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential read... no joke. This is my first review on indigo, and for good reason. This book blew me away. I had watched Meg Jays TED talk on her book and it brought me to tears as she recounted the story about the young woman who couldn't think of someone to put in the "emergency contact" box. Ultimately this book is for those who are college graduates who feel lost and confused about the purpose of their twenties. I am not a college graduate, but I do work full time as a graphic designer and a part time photographer... and it still applied to be in every aspect. Read this book if you feel lost. It not only makes you realize that you aren't alone in your feelings... but that there is hope, and all you need is a little push and a little perspective
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Recommended to me by a twentysomething friend who loved it. Really great points about work, love, and the brain. Definitely recommend it to twentysomethings everywhere!
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wake up call I attended Chris's book signing and it served me in 3 ways: 1. he put words around the reality of living my own journey -how refreshing! 2. he woke me up to the fact that it following my dream is practical and doable -it's not some type of fantasy land that's out of reach for me. 3. Go with my gut -I tend to overanalyze and stop an idea short of completion.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! Being a life long confirmed non-conformist and an Aquarian contrarian, I absolutely love Chris Guillebeau's ability to live the life he wants and let others in on it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to think differently and live the life you want.
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"Listen to me closely. If you know someone already in or entering the third decade of life, or their parents, or their therapist, you must give them this book. Meg Jay slams a cultural corrective on our desk. Pay attention. The twenties are the defining decade of human life where the foundation of every future is laid...No one should turn thirty without having read this book."-J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD; staff psychiatrist, University of Virginia, department of Student Health; co-author, Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Facing Bipolar Disorder