Sam Sommers, author of Situations Matter, on tour January 2012

Posted By on December 6, 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

Sunday, January 1st: Evolving Beings

Monday, January 2nd: A Daring Adventure

Tuesday, January 3rd: Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, January 9th: It’s All About Balance

Tuesday, January 10th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, January 11th: Business Growth Strategies

Tuesday, January 17th: The Psychology of Wellbeing – crossposted at Positvie Psychology News Daily

Tuesday, January 17th: Cash and Joy

Monday, January 23rd: Communicatrix

Monday, January 23rd: Less Ordinary Living



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