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The Defining Decade

Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now

Meg Jay

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Description

Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.

THE DEFINING DECADE is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 16, 2012 – The professional and personal angst of directionless twentysomethings is given a voice and some sober counsel in this engaging guide. Drawing on research and case studies from her clinical psychology practice, first-time author Jay shows how the decisions we make in our twenties radically affect the rest of our lives. Jay's twentysomething clients are well-educated, yet they lack focus and resist making decisions about love, work, family, and the future. Jay blames popular culture, the media, other researchers, and parents for spreading the idea that the twenties are a time for free exploration, not settling down. In clear but occasionally alarmist prose (e.g., "It would be reckless for us to focus on Kate's past when I knew her future was in danger"), Jay warns that lack of direction in one's 20s leads to cramming major life experiences (graduate school, marriage, children, professional success) into one's 30s. Stressed, over-burdened thirtysomethings end up in Jay's office, regretting their previous decade of deferring serious relationships, career-building jobs, and other life-defining events. While Jay maintains that facing difficulties in one's 20s "is a jarring—but efficient and often necessary—way to grow," the author is sincere and sympathetic, making this well-researched mix of generational sociology, psychotherapy, career counseling, and relationship advice a practical treatise for a much-maligned demographic.

Customer Reviews

If you or someone you know is in their 20s this is worth reading

In my opinion Dr. Jay does an excellent job at offering compelling insight on the questions and struggles that many 20 somethings living in the western world are facing today, for we are in a society that is quite different from previous generations. I found the conversations dr. Jay shares in this book to be very familiar and helped bring clarity and perspective to my own journey as a 25 year old recent college grad/grad school student feeling slightly lost and uncertain about the path I'm on. This book has helped me re examine how I am doing life and is also very encouraging!

Awesome book

Thanks to this book, I learned a ton about myself and recommend it to twenty somethings I meet

Amazing

It took me around a week to read this book. It was so addicting. I highly recommend you pick up this book if you feel like you're a bit "lost in life" in your twenties or even thirties. It talks about how some of her patients were depressed about blowing their life away living the cliche of how their twenties are supposed to be, according to Hollywood. It will make you get in the mood of "now is the time to act." Definitely a must-have.

The Defining Decade
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Apr 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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