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Switchcraft: Harnessing the Power of Mental Agility to Transform Your Life

Elaine Fox

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A revolutionary book on the power of mental agility to transform your life, from Oxford psychologist and neuroscientist Professor Elaine Fox.

What is the key ingredient to a happy, successful life?

Endless self-help approaches claim to have the answer. It's important to be mindful, we are told, and to stay in the moment. Sometimes, we are advised to keep going no matter what, to be 'gritty'. Others tell us that adopting a growth mindset' is key.

However, the truth is that there is no one size fits all solution to dealing with life. Elaine Fox, one of the world's leading psychologists and performance coaches, has witnessed this time and again. In her work coaching top athletes, military leaders and business professionals, she has seen that it's the people who know how and when to switch between different approaches - people who have an agile mind - who achieve the best performance.

Drawing on 25 years of scientific research, Fox shares with us her step-by-step guide to what she calls 'switchcraft': the set of skills we need to navigate a complex and uncertain world. Whether it's coping with a difficult boss, overcoming a fear, dealing with hyperactive children, resolving a dispute with a friend or making a difficult choice about where to live or what to do, switchcraft helps us thrive in any situation.

Like your own personal life coach, Switchcraft shows you how to break out of a rigid mindset to restore your fulfilment, curiosity and zest for life.

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Praise for Switchcraft: Harnessing the Power of Mental Agility to Transform Your Life

  • Switchcraft is a fascinating book, packed full of practical advice on how to help you survive and thrive in an uncertain world. Written by a leading academic, it offers real insights in how to cope with the stresses and strains of a post-Covid world.

  • The only thing we can rely on in this world is uncertainty. This books tells you how to duck and dive when the unexpected surprises are incoming fast and hard.

  • For me, having the mental strength when I was competing on the track was key to my success and still is today. This book provides straightforward valuable tools and processes for people who have their own hurdles to overcome.

  • A book full of important insights. In clear and accessible language, Elaine Fox shows how psychological science can help you to be agile in meeting challenges and to be flexible when things change. Drawing on personal experience and years of applying her research in coaching elite performance, she shows how adopting a few key skills can transform your life in profound ways.

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