I don’t have any children (yet), but I have thousands of former students, which is the next best thing because the chances they will do something that makes me proud are greatly multiplied. To clarify: I take zero credit for their successes. But I am absolutely thrilled for them.
Heidi Grant Halvorson is a perfect example. As a teenager, she was already one of the most intelligent people I’d ever met. It was obvious from the thought-provoking questions she asked and the delight she took in tackling difficult texts that she would eventually become a mover and a shaker.
Today she is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation, and she has published four bestselling books. Her latest effort (#5), NO ONE UNDERSTANDS YOU AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, manages to synthesize academic research, pop culture references, and her playful sense of humor all in one remarkably lucid package that asks and answers questions relevant to all of us.
The title absolutely captures both halves of this book. In the beginning, you will wonder if there is any hope for anyone to understand anyone else, ever. And by the end, you will realize: Yes. Yes, there is.
But first you need to read this book.