• 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
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: Cash and Joy
Monday, January 23rd: Communicatrix
Monday, January 23rd: Less Ordinary Living