Take Back Your Brain: How a Sexist Society Gets in Your Head--and How to Get It Out

Take Back Your Brain: How a Sexist Society Gets in Your Head--and How to Get It Out

by Kara Loewentheil
Take Back Your Brain: How a Sexist Society Gets in Your Head--and How to Get It Out

Take Back Your Brain: How a Sexist Society Gets in Your Head--and How to Get It Out

by Kara Loewentheil


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A manual for every woman who wants to stop endless negative self-talk, create unshakable confidence, and jump-start a life of joy and power. It all begins with your thoughts.

I never look good in tight skirts. I can’t ask for a raise or my boss will think I’m greedy. I’m getting too old to find a partner. I’m a bad mom. I’m always behind. I’ll never be good enough.

What if every time you had a self-critical thought, you heard it in a man’s voice? The truth is not far off. Living in a patriarchy, women absorb a lifetime of messages that say your worth is defined by your looks, your accomplishments, and how well you take care of everyone around you. In fact, these messages are so pervasive that, even knowing they exist, they still manage to program themselves into our brains. The result is that women end up feeling anxious, guilty, and vaguely ashamed of themselves no matter how much they do for others or achieve for themselves.

So how do we deprogram our thoughts from patriarchy’s corrosive influence? And once we do, how can we create new, self-empowering beliefs?

Master Certified Life Coach and host of the UnF*ck Your Brain podcast Kara Loewentheil knows how. Despite graduating from Harvard Law School and getting her dream job, Kara spent her twenties and thirties feeling insecure and anxious, until she learned how to change her thoughts—which led her to become a coach. In Take Back Your Brain, she draws on cognitive psychology, feminist theory, and years of experience as a neuroplasticity-focused coach to break down how the patriarchy hijacks women’s brains, and how women can get free. To bridge the gap between your inner voice and your true potential, she says, you must begin with your thoughts. By using the skills in this book to literally rewire your brain, you can create new thought patterns that will directly transform outcomes in your life.

Ultimately, Take Back Your Brain invites you to replace the thoughts that no longer serve you and make room for a kind of confidence you never thought possible. Because when women unleash their true power, they awaken new possibilities for the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593493953
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/21/2024
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 4,117
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

After graduating Harvard Law School, Kara Loewentheil did what every Ivy League feminist lawyer should do: quit a prestigious academic career to become a life coach! Less than a decade after leaving the law, Kara has taught millions of of women how to close the “Brain Gap” that keeps them feeling anxious and disempowered. Her work enables women to identify the ways that sexist social messages impact their brains and how to rewire their thought patterns to create true, authentic confidence from within.

Kara is the founder of The New School of Feminist Thought. Her internationally top-ranked podcast UnF*ck Your Brain: Feminist Self-Help for Everyone, with 48 million downloads, has been recommended everywhere from The New York Times to Glennon Doyle's podcast We Can Do Hard Things. This is her first book.
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