Sam Sommers, author of Situations Matter, on tour October 2011

Posted By on August 30, 2011

About Situations Matter

• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (December 29, 2011)

An “entertaining and engaging” exploration of the invisible forces influencing your life-and how understanding them can improve everything you do.

The world around you is pulling your strings, shaping your innermost instincts and your most private thoughts. And you don’t even realize it.

Every day and in all walks of life, we overlook the enormous power of situations, of context in our lives. That’s a mistake, says Sam Sommers in his provocative new book. Just as a museum visitor neglects to notice the frames around paintings, so do people miss the influence of ordinary situations on the way they think and act. But frames- situations- do matter. Your experience viewing the paintings wouldn’t be the same without them. The same is true for human nature.

In Situations Matter, Sommers argues that by understanding the powerful influence that context has in our lives and using this knowledge to rethink how we see the world, we can be more effective at work, at home, and in daily interactions with others. He describes the pitfalls to avoid and offers insights into making better decisions and smarter observations about the world around us.

About Sam Sommers

Sam Sommers is an award-winning psychology professor Tufts University. His research has been covered by Good Morning America, NPR, Harper’s, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He lives near Boston with his wife and two daughters.

Visit Sam at his website,, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.

Sam’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 4th: Teaching High School Psychology

Tuesday, October 4th: The Psychology of Wellbeing

Wednesday, October 5th: Mind Your Decisions

Thursday, October 6th: Positively Present

Friday, October 7th: Reviews from the Heart

Tuesday, October 11th: Book Club Classics!

Tuesday, October 11th: The Rat Race Trap

Thursday, October 13th: Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Friday, October 14th: Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms

Monday, October 17th: arriving at your own door


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