From our peer groups to social media, we withstand a barrage of messages telling us to think and act a certain way. In fact, it becomes all too easy to get lost in society’s vision of who we should be—and forget about who we truly are.
So how do we look within and reconnect with our authentic wants and needs? The three excellent books below will give you the inspiration and guidance to boldly stay true to yourself.
How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment
By Skye C. Cleary
How to Be Authentic is a lively introduction to Simone de Beauvoir’s philosophy of existentialism, as well as an exploration of the successes and failures that Beauvoir and other women have experienced in striving towards authenticity. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Skye Cleary, in the Next Big Idea App
What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us: Who We Become After Tragedy and Trauma
By Mike Mariani
Delving into lives we rarely see in such meticulous detail—lives filled with struggle, loss, perseverance, transformation, and triumph—an acclaimed journalist leads us into some of the darkest corners of human existence, only to reveal our endless capacity for kindling new light. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mike Mariani, in the Next Big Idea App
It’s Not Me, It’s You: Break the Blame Cycle. Relationship Better.
By John Kim and Vanessa Bennett
Two therapists analyze their own relationship to help untangle the common and frustrating barriers many individuals face on the road to a happy, loving, rewarding partnership. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors John Kim and Vanessa Bennett, in the Next Big Idea App
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