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The Power of Agency

The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms

Paul Napper, PsyD and Anthony Rao, PhD

St. Martin's Press

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ISBN10: 1250127572
ISBN13: 9781250127570


336 Pages



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Grounded in extensive psychological research, The Power of Agency will give you the tools to help alleviate anxiety, manage competing demands, and help live your version of success.

Dr. Paul Napper and Dr. Anthony Rao, using a method honed in their clinical psychology and consulting practices, will help you break through your state of overwhelm by showing you how to access your personal agency with seven empowering principles: control stimuli; associate selectively; move; position yourself as a learner; manage your emotions and beliefs; check your intuition; and deliberate then act.

Featuring stories of people who have successfully applied these principles to improve their lives, The Power of Agency will give you the insights and skills to build your confidence, conquer challenges, and live more authentically.


Praise for The Power of Agency

"If you’re looking for a read that spotlights exactly how to take control of your life, this book provides a tidy amalgamation of theory and practice that’ll get you up and running with the tools you need."—New York Journal of Books

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About the author

Paul Napper, PsyD and Anthony Rao, PhD

PAUL NAPPER leads a management psychology and executive coaching consultancy in Boston. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, universities, and start-ups. He held an academic appointment and advanced fellowship position at Harvard Medical School.

ANTHONY RAO is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist. He maintains a clinical practice, consults, and speaks nationally, appearing regularly as an expert commentator. For over 20 years he was a psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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