The Confidence Code

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 The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -What Women Should Know

New York Times bestseller

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 choose 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.

Details

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006223062X
ISBN-13: 978-0062230621
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces

About the Authors

Katty Kay is the anchor of BBC World News America, based in Washington DC. She is also a frequent contributor to Meet the Press and Morning Joe. She is a regular guest host for the Diane Rehm show on NPR. She is the co author of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics. Her new book, also with Claire Shipman, is The Confidence Code.

Katty grew up in the Middle East, where her father was a British diplomat. She studied French and Italian at Oxford University and worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Japan before settling in the US in 1996. She speaks fluent French and Italian and what she describes as rusty Japanese.

Claire Shipman is a regular contributor to "Good Morning America" and other national broadcasts for ABC News. She joined the morning broadcast in May of 2001 and is based in the network's Washington, D.C., bureau. Shipman regularly interviews influential newsmakers for the network. Over the years she has conducted in-depth interviews with Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore, Queen Rania of Jordan, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous others. She spent 5 years reporting from Moscow for CNN, and will never forget the sight of Boris Yeltsin on a tank, and citizens tearing down statues of Vladimir Lenin.

Shipman began her broadcasting career as a production assistant and intern at CNN's bureau in New York City. She holds a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Russian studies from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently a Columbia University Trustee. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Shipman resides in Washington, D.C., with husband Jay Carney and their two children, Hugo and Della. 

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