Meg Jay


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She is an clinical assistant professor at the University of Virginia and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Jay’s book, The Defining Decade, was a 2012 Slate.com Staff Pick and her 2013 TED talk “Why 30 Is Not the New 20″ has been viewed more than 2 million times. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Forbes, Psychology Today, and NPR.

Dr. Jay earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.

At Berkeley, Dr. Jay was a research associate on the Mills Longitudinal Study, one of the longest-running studies of female adult development in the world. Her research on women, depression, and gender was funded by the National Instit
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“Forget about having an identity crisis and get some identity capital. … Do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that's an investment in who you might want to be next.”
Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make the Most of Them Now

“Twentysomethings who don't feel anxious and incompetent at work are usually overconfident or underemployed.”
Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make the Most of Them Now

“For the most part, "naturals" are myths. People who are especially good at something may have some innate inclination, or some particular talent, but they have also spent about ten thousand hours practicing or doing that thing.”
Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make the Most of Them Now

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