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Sophia Dembling

Sophia Dembling is author of The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World.

Articles by Sophia Dembling:

  • Book Review: Bored & Brilliant
    13 Oct 2017

    Journalist Manoush Zomorodi is the formidable mind behind Note to Self, an engaging podcast focused on the intersection of technology and humanity, and the book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out […]

  • Book Review: Awkward
    31 Jul 2017

    We all have awkward moments, of course. The unintentionally insulting blurt. The joke that lands like a lead balloon. The forgotten name in the midst of introductions. But in his […]

  • Book Review: Stand Firm
    12 May 2017

    Ironic as it may be, Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze is a self-help book urging you to resist the self-improvement craze. The field of psychology is an outgrowth of philosophy. […]

  • Book Review: The Voices Within
    10 Mar 2017

    Have you ever really thought about what your thoughts sound like? Do your thoughts sound like your voice or someone else? Do they express themselves in words or some other […]

  • Book Review: Reach: A New Strategy
    09 Mar 2017

    The information here is so sensible and clearly stated, that by the time you finish this quick little read, you’ll practically believe you thought it up yourself. Andrew Molinsky, a […]

  • Book Review: Now or Never
    19 Nov 2016

    Coming out just in time for New Year’s Resolution season, Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps promises a prescription for whatever it is you want to accomplish […]

  • Book Review: Frientimacy
    25 Sep 2016

    Shasta Nelson has made a career out of understanding, encouraging, and helping women make and maintain healthy friendships. In Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness, she […]

  • Book Review: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls
    26 Jun 2016

    In Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, psychologist Lisa Damour charts a course for parents through the turbulent seas of girls’ adolescence. Anyone who has, knows, or […]

  • The Abundant Problems of Scarcity
    17 May 2016

    What do you not have enough of? Money? Time? Friends? The lack may cause you greater problems than the obvious tight budget, frazzled days, or loneliness. Harvard economics professor Sendhil […]

  • Book Review: How We Live Now: Redefining Home & Family in the 21st Century
    17 May 2016

    I’m on the other side of fifty and childless. When I talk with friends in the same situation about how we will live as we age, inevitably somebody floats the idea […]

  • The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts & Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results
    17 May 2016

    Introversion has become a hot topic of late. You can hardly get online these days without stumbling on often-peevish introverts letting the world know that they are no longer cowed […]

  • Book Review: How to Be Alone
    17 May 2016

    I recently took a 10-day solitary road trip through Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. A few stops to promote a new book required interacting with other people, but otherwise it was […]

  • Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction & Discover the Power of Intimacy
    17 May 2016

    The advice that you have to love yourself in order to find love is a little shopworn — so oft repeated that it’s hard to feel its wisdom. But in Deeper Dating: […]

  • Count Me In: How I Stepped Off the Sidelines
    17 May 2016

    In her last book, Lonely: A Memoir, Emily White explored — through research and her own and others’ experiences — the emotions, effects, and prevalence of loneliness. In that book, […]

  • Book Review: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
    17 May 2016

    The other day, while taking a walk in the park, I started thinking about a sometimes contentious issue between my husband and me. I thought about it, and then I […]

  • Book Review: Mindful Emotional Eating
    17 May 2016

    Eating because you’re sad. Eating because you’re lonely. Eating because you’re stressed. If you struggle with your weight, chances are good you’ve done one or all of these things. Maybe […]

  • Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House & His Act
    17 May 2016

    Barry Yourgrau isn’t willing to own the label of “hoarder” despite the chaos and filth of his apartment. It is crammed with his “collections” — not only of books and souvenirs […]

  • Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth
    17 May 2016

    “I’m reading a book about post-traumatic growth,” I told a friend who had suffered significant health-related trauma. “Is that when post-traumatic stress grows worse over time?” she asked, worried. Not […]

  • Book Review: How to Be Miserable
    12 May 2016

    “Imagine that you could earn $10 million for just half an hour’s work,” psychologist Randy J. Paterson proposed to a group of people suffering deep, intractable depression. “… All you […]

  • F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems
    21 Feb 2016

    The gimmick is clever: the “f-word” combined with a counterintuitive premise that we don’t need to care about our emotions. After all, haven’t we been indoctrinated with the primacy of our feelings? The […]