As we get ready to enter a new year and a new decade, are you feeling increasingly anxious, overwhelmed and unable to make good decisions? You are not alone. Now you can take back control of your life.
In their new book, THE POWER OF AGENCY: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms, Dr. Paul Napper and Dr. Anthony Rao distill 50 years of clinical fieldwork, cutting-edge research, and more than 100 in-depth interviews into accessible techniques and tools that will help you create agency and build your confidence.
According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. is the most anxious nation on earth, with at least 1 in 5 people — 40 million Americans—currently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. And a new APA poll reveals that for the second year in a row, two in every three Americans say they are extremely or somewhat anxious. Even our children aren’t spared.
Why? Our accelerated lifestyles, always-on technology, and ever-increasing job demands have created a tsunami of overwhelm and anxiety. As individuals, we’ve lost our agency: the ability to deal with stress and act as an effective agent for ourselves—thinking, reflecting, and acting in ways that direct us toward the lives we want. Agency is what humans use to feel in control of their lives. And right now, it’s gone.
Paul Napper, Psy.D, leads a management psychology practice. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, universities, and start-ups. He has held an advanced fellowship during a three-year academic appointment at Harvard Medical School.
Anthony Rao, Ph.D., is a cognitive-behavioral therapist. For over 20 years, he was a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. In 1998, he opened a specialized private practice.