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Amy Alkon

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Detroit, Michigan, The United States

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March 2014


Amy Alkon does “applied behavioral science,” translating scientific research into highly practical advice.

Her new book, published in January 2018 by St. Martin's Press, is the "science-help" book on how to transform to live with confidence: UNF*CKOLOGY: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence."

Alkon writes The Science Advice Goddess, an award-winning, syndicated column that runs in newspapers across the United States and Canada.

She is also the author of Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck and I See Rude People. She has been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, MTV, and does a weekly science podcast.

She has written for Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Dail

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I have a history of terrible relationships that end in awful heartbreak. The advice I keep getting is to date down -- get together with a man who is less attractive than I am and who likes me a little more than I like him. I was kind of into the idea of equality on all levels, but maybe I'm wrong.

--Rethinking Woman

After you've had your heart broken, it's tempting to opt for romantic safety...

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A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
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Thank you! By the way, she now does a free course on the contents of the book for Coursera, called Learning How To Lea
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Married Sex by Jesse Kornbluth
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Smart, funny, perceptive, and a great read. Also fun for people who've lived in Manhattan and/or wish they had.
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Why Smile by Marianne LaFrance
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This book, while filled with some interesting perceptions, is sadly lacking in research from evolutionary psychology that would give some of the "why" behind the behavior. An example is Martie Haselton and David Buss's "Error Management Theory" and h ...more
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On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
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I've long valued the thinking of the Stoic philosopher Seneca (along with his fellow stoic Epictetus), but the additionally wonderful thing about this book is the form it comes in. Beautifully done little paperback edition by Penguin with an inlaid-p ...more
Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon
"I LOVED this book! So many great examples on many difficult and common-sense situations for everyone, from bars/restaurants, airplanes and complex relationships/friendships. Amy's stye is very fun to read, an easy read without feeling too lecture-..." Read more of this review »
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Top Dog by Po Bronson
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Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson's "Top Dog" is a myth-busing book, explaining that competition isn't about killing the other side; it's about getting into situations that drive you to be the best you can be.

We like to simplify competing down to winni
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The Other Side of Sadness by George A. Bonanno
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There's an anecdote in the book about a woman who lost her daughter in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Of course...obviously...she would rather have not lost her daughter, but in reflection, she said that it probably ended up making her a better pers ...more
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“Doubt gets a bad rap. Doubting doesn't mean you've stopped believing, but that you've started thinking. Sheep doubt nothing. Chances are you'll get further in life by questioning things than by living like something that ends up as dinner and a sweater.”
Amy Alkon, I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society

“There are things a man can do to make himself more articulate, and having sex is not one of them.”
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“We’re rude because we live in societies too big for our brains.”
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