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The Power of Women

The Power of Women

Harness Your Unique Strengths at Home, at Work, and in Your Community

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

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From the bestselling author of Women Who Think Too Much, a groundbreaking self-improvement program that empowers women

Women are extraordinarily hard on themselves. They scrutinize their flaws, asking "Am I a good lover? A good mother? Successful in my career?" They get preoccupied with ways they do not measure up, twisting themselves into knots to fix problems no one else can see. The Power of Women from award-winning and bestselling psychologist Susan Nolen- Hoeksema shows women how to break this cycle-by discovering and utilizing their unique psychological strengths.

Drawing on original research and the instructive stories of real people, Nolen-Hoeksema identifies the skill sets that women, based on their biology and social roles, bring to challenges:

- Mental strengths, such as the instinct to manage scarce resources
- Identity strengths, which maintain strong values under pressure emotional strengths, such as anticipating the effects of decisions relational strengths, with an emphasis on win-win solutions

Combined, these strengths give women a powerful ability to lead during transformational times. She then provides hands-on assessments for pinpointing strengths with the most relevance to a problem, exercises for building strengths, and inspiring examples of women's inventiveness, resilience, and sheer determination.

This revolutionary book of self-improvement gives women the tools to hone their skills as entrepreneurs and managers, mothers and wives, mentors and community leaders-and as individuals pursuing their talents and dreams.

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“No-nonsense, reasoned and easy-to-understand advice and strategies.” —Publishers Weekly on Women Who Think Too Much

“The question of whether Nolen-Hoeksema is onto something was slam-dunked by the ‘I know exactly what she means' reactions of women who caught sight of the title.” —The Washington Post on Women Who Think Too Much

“I've been waiting for a long time, for a sensible, non-strident, evidence-based book about the strengths of women. This is it!” —Martin Seligman, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Authentic Happiness

“The Power of Women is essential reading. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema brings to life exemplary women from around the world and deftly shows how the strengths they possess are used by ordinary women every day. Both practical and absolutely inspiring, this book suggests new ways for women to identify, celebrate, and tap into the myriad strengths we possess.” —Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

“The Power of Women is the rare book that manages to be insightful, inspirational and practical. It's a must-read for any woman seeking to understand and unleash her natural gifts.” —Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of See Jane Lead and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

“Groundbreaking research [that] shows the downside of stewing over life's issues.... Women Who Think Too Much tells why overthinking occurs, why it hurts people and how to stop.” —USA Today on Women Who Think Too Much

“A must-read for any woman who has ever felt stuck in her life, and any man who has been confused by why the women they love get so ‘caught up thinking' they can't enjoy life. Nolen-Hoeksema offers practical methods to self-diagnose and pathways toward greater emotional freedom.” —William S. Pollack, Ph.D., author of Real Boys and assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry, Harvard University on Women Who Think Too Much


“A useful and important book. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema provides excellent strategies women can use to stop the preoccupations that can erode self-confidence and the capacity to cope with life's usual stressors.” —Aaron Beck, M.D., university professor of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence on Women Who Think Too Much

“It would seem that nobody could think too much. But Susan Nolen-Hoeksema beautifully describes negative thinking that destroys thoughtful solutions to life's problems.” —Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and epidemiology, Columbia University on Women Who Think Too Much

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About the author

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, is the author of The Power of Women, Women Who Think Too Much and Eating, Drinking, Overthinking. A professor of psychology at Yale University, she has conducted award-winning research on women's mental health for twenty-five years. She and her research have been profiled on the Today show and in The New York Times. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

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