Why are some women confident? How does confidence impact success? How can we build confidence? If these questions excite you or just spark your curiosity, join us for our next WBI Book Club conference call. We will be discussing The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

Ready to chat? Check out the comment section below, and/or join the live conference call on Tuesday, September 8.

Book Discussion

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm EST
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
Conference ID: 218555#
International dial-in numbers click here.

Who should join: Women, dads, uncles, anyone who works or lives with women. CiPP alumni, current students, prospective students, and lifelong learners are all welcome. CiPP3 alum and beloved teaching assistant Mina Simhai will lead the discussion.

Why join: To learn how to build confidence in ourselves and our daughters, to understand the link between success and confidence, and to connect with fellow positive psychology practitioners and seekers.

Book Summary

Confidence. We know it when we see it—or we think we do. And we want it for ourselves. In The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, the authors of the New York Times best-seller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint to bring more of it into our lives.

Does confidence come from our genes, or can we learn it? Is it best demonstrated by bravado, or is there another way to be confident? Is confidence more critical for success than competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, seem to struggle with feelings of self-doubt?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Claire Shipman and Katty Kay travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene, and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. Their investigation leads them to do their own genetic testing, with unexpected results. 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. You won’t discover it by thinking positive thoughts or telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect just as you are. You won’t find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: to do less worrying about people-pleasing and perfection, and to take more action and more risks, even if that means sometimes failing.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life of confidence.

Learn more at http://theconfidencecode.com.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.