Book Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy MorinTitle:  13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do

Author:  Amy Morin
Release Date:  December 31, 2018
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source:  Edelweiss

International bestselling author and leading global expert on mental strength Amy Morin turns her focus to feminism, explaining what it means – and what it takes – to be a mentally strong woman in the age of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. (Goodreads)

Review:

 

Amy Morin’s first book was 13 Things That Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, followed by 13 Things That Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. This book is her third.

There’s a part of me that doesn’t see a need for 13 Things That Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do. Wouldn’t that be covered under her first book? Aren’t mentally strong people the same, no matter the gender?

But there’s another part that thinks yes, women do face different challenges so need to be mentally strong in other ways.

I’m just not sure that this book covers those challenges.

The chapters are fairly straightforward and can be read in any order rather than building on one another. I like that in a self-help book. Let’s you go straight to the issue(s) that concern you.

The chapter headings are:

  1. They don’t compare themselves to other people
  2. They don’t insist on perfection
  3. They don’t see vulnerability as a weakness
  4. They don’t let self-doubt stop them from reaching their goals
  5. They don’t overthink everything
  6. They don’t avoid tough challenges
  7. They don’t fear breaking the rules
  8. They don’t put others down to lift themselves up
  9. They don’t let others limit their potential
  10. They don’t blame themselves when something goes wrong
  11. They don’t stay silent
  12. They don’t feel bad about reinventing themselves
  13. They don’t downplay their success

All in all, this book was a little too simple for my tastes.

Nothing that you haven’t read or heard elsewhere.

Like most popular authors, I felt like Morin hit upon a winning idea with her first book and was now trying to squeeze as much out of her idea as she can.

There were basic ideas included in the book, which is why I gave it 3 stars, but it was just okay.

About the Author:

Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and an instructor at Northeastern University. She serves as a parenting expert for Verywell and she’s a columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She’s a highly sought-after speaker who has given one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time.

Where to find Amy:  Facebook | Twitter | website | Instagram

Amy’s TEDx Talk:
The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong


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