'A brilliant and thought-provoking book - it will change how you think about confidence'
Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream
'There are some books that I have to replace regularly on my shelf because they are given away again and again at a moment of relevance for the athletes and leaders I work with. ‘How confidence works’ will undoubtedly be one of them. It is made for sharing - rich with stories and change-inspiring examples for every kind of performer.'
Pippa Grange, Psychologist to the England national soccer team.
'A revelatory and practical new exploration of the science of confidence, which is important for everyone but crucial for women.'
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland
'Interesting and Important'
Steven Pinker, Harvard University, author of How the Mind Works and Rationality.
Why do boys instinctively bullshit more than girls? How do economic recessions shape a generation's confidence? Can we have too much confidence and, if so, what are the consequences? Imagine we could discover something that could make us richer, healthier, longer-living, smarter, kinder, happier, more motivated and more innovative.
Ridiculous, you might say... What is this elixir? Confidence. If you have confidence, it can empower you to reach heights you never thought possible. But if you don't, it can have a devastating effect on your future. Confidence lies at the core of what makes things happen.
Probing the science and neuroscience behind confidence that has emerged over the last decade, clinical psychologist and neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson tells us how confidence plays out in our minds, our brains and indeed our bodies. He explains where it comes from and how it spreads - with extraordinary economic and political consequences. And why it's not necessarily something you are born with, but something that can be learned