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One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves is rethinking what we've been taught, because thoughts become behaviors. The same mind that gets us stuck is the same one that can set us free. It's time to rip up the script society hands us, breathe deep, and reclaim a healthy definition of success that doesn't compartmentalize your mind, body and soul. We need a new organizing framework that allows more flexibility and moral grounding—one that lets science, emotion and spirit to fuse.
Too often, life's disorienting moments can leave us tumbling into messy, downward spirals. We lose clarity, and are held hostage by blind spots that keep us from thriving. We fall into common mindless behavioral traps which lead to perpetual patterns of shutting down, numbing out, binding up and staying stuck. In this uniquely liberating book, Dr. Kristen Lee teaches us how to apply a process of behavioral change using a series of different lenses, to steer our brains to overcome blind spots and cultivate Upward Spiral habits.
A leading expert on resilience and behavioral science, Dr. Kristen Lee developed this new psychology of thinking model from over twenty years of clinical practice, the latest neuroscience, and her own research findings. Mentalligence [men-tel-i-juh-ns] is a sage guide that will help you build meta-awareness by emphasizing an impact-driven rather than a performance-obsessed mindset, and adopt a model of 'collective efficacy' that is less I-focused and more we-focused, to facilitate positive social impact at a time when it's desperately needed. This is what psychologists call 'The Good Life'—living mindfully and consciously. Rather than falling for predominant definitions of 'success' that leave us boxed in, depleted, and oblivious to ways we can work together, Mentalligence helps us find the thinking and behavioral agility to work towards better outcomes for all.
A Note From the Publisher
Mentalligence is a 'portmanteau', the joining of two terms, and a newly created construct that is original yet familiar due to the international popularity of 'emotional intelligence'.
Books like Mequalibrium and Freakonomics demonstrate social capital and idea contagion coming with new terms and fresh ideas in a flooded arena of self-improvement and psychology titles.
Mentalligence is designed for widespread universal appeal, across societies and cultures. We all need help with rethinking the many forms of social conditioning and indoctrination we have been subject to. Finding ways to understand and improve our thinking and resulting behavior is something we're all after.
It is extremely timely in light of the US election, the socio-political climate, and 'post-truth era'. It teaches key thinking behaviors to increase conscious global citizenry and reduce mindlessness, ignorance, and compulsions towards hatred, bias, and fear.
It will help us avoid falling into four common behavioral traps, known as blind spots: Sleepwalking, Perfectionism, Centricism, and Lockdown, that lead us spiraling down to habits of Shutting Down, Numbing Out, Binding Up, and Staying Stuck.
Make sure to view Dr. Lee's recent Tedx talk.