Psychology experts Paul Napper and Anthony Rao are helping people to take control of their lives. In their book, THE POWER OF AGENCY, they introduce seven tenets to help people achieve their own version of success. Paul and Anthony will put their book into action at An Unlikely Story as they discuss their book and help participants build their own personal agency. They will be joined by nonfiction writer Maureen Stanton, the author of BODY LEAPING BACKWARD. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From two eminent clinical psychologists, how to access your personal agency—your ability to create a meaningful life on your own terms—and adapt to living in “the age of overwhelm”
Described by the World Health Organization as the most anxious nation on earth, the United States finds itself living amidst a national epidemic. We struggle to keep clear minds and to think for ourselves, limiting our ability to make optimal decisions in our lives. Nonstop technology and an increasing focus on metrics and perfomance are part of everyday, and all of these things leave us feeling, in a word, overwhelmed.
Agency is the ability to act as an effective agent for oneself—thinking, reflecting, and making creative choices, and acting in ways that direct us toward the lives we want. Agency is what humans use to feel in command of their lives. For decades, agency has been a central concern of psychologists, sociologists, and philosophers seeking to help generations of people live in greater accord with their interests, values, and inner motivations.
Renowned clinical psychologists Paul Napper and Anthony Rao offer seven practices using mind and body to help you locate and develop your own agency. Based on years of research and real-world application, their methods equip you to succeed in a world requiring constant adaptation. Illustrated through the stories of people who have developed higher levels of agency, The Power of Agency gives you the skills and insights to do less and reflect more before making life choices—and plot the steps to create a life on your own terms.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
PAUL NAPPER leads a management psychology practice. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, universities, and start-ups. He held an advanced fellowship during a three-year academic appointment at Harvard Medical School (HMS). ANTHONY RAO is a cognitive-behavioral therapist. For over 20 years he was a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor at HMS. In 1998 he opened a specialized private practice. He appears regularly as an expert commentator.