• 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.
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.
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