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The Defining Decade

Why your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now
Jay, Meg (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Defining Decade


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Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood- if we use the time wisely. THE DEFINING DECADE is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.
Authors: Jay, Meg
Title: The defining decade
why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxvii, 241 p. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Preface: the defining decade
Introduction: real time
Work
Identity capital
Weak ties
The unthought known
My life should look better on facebook
The customized self
Love
An upmarket conversation
Picking your family
The cohabitation effect
On dating down
Being in like
The brain and the body
Forward thinking
Calm yourself
Outside in
Getting along and getting ahead
Every body
Do the math
Epilogue: will things work out for me?.
Local Note: 1 3
ISBN: 0446561762
9780446561761
Branch Call Number: 155.65 JAY
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Fantastic - a very enlightening read; stories from her practice backed by scientific studies. Eye-opening and reassuring: basic message, don't waste your time in your 20s. This time counts, and (as the title says), make the most of it now.

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  • Lauren31 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Tell me something I don't know. Work hard, set goals, and don't take life for granted is the underlying message in this book. And oh yeah, ladies, you gotta have a baby NOW.

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  • jkrambeck rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book about what you should be doing in your 20's. A very interesting read.

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  • jkrambeck rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

jkrambeck thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 32

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