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How 'Emotional Agility' Can Ease Life's Complicated Situations

What separates people who are able to master life’s challenges -- job changes, relationships, moves -- and people who get overwhelmed?
"Emotional Agility," by Susan David. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

What separates people who are able to master life’s challenges — job changes, relationships, moves — from those who are overwhelmed in the face of the same obstacles? According to psychologist Susan David (@SusanDavid_PHD), the answer is “emotional agility.”

Adaptability, she says, provides the tools to face difficult emotions, evaluate them and move forward. David’s book “Emotional Agility” draws from the latest research in psychology, her own experiences and an array of interviews and anecdotes to provide a road map to developing emotional health. She joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the book.

Book Excerpt: ‘Emotional Agility’

By Susan David

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