The Defining Decade

The Defining Decade : Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

By (author) Meg Jay

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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.

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  • Hardback | 241 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • 17 Apr 2012
  • Time Warner Trade Publishing
  • Warner Books Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 0446561762
  • 9780446561761
  • 36,183

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Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development, and twentysomethings in particular. She is an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of California, Berkeley.

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"Listen to me closely. If you know someone already in or entering the third decade of life, or their parents, or their therapist, you must give them this book. Meg Jay slams a cultural corrective on our desk. Pay attention. The twenties are the defining decade of human life where the foundation of every future is laid...No one should turn thirty without having read this book."--J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD; staff psychiatrist, University of Virginia, department of Student Health; co-author, "Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Facing Bipolar Disorder"

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