Under Pressure – by Lisa Damour Ph.D.  (theme: stress and anxiety in young women)

Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. Research finds that the number of girls who said that they often felt nervous, worried, or fearful jumped 55 percent from 2009 to 2014, while the comparable number for adolescent boys has remained unchanged. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with girls, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., has witnessed this rising tide of stress and anxiety in her own research, in private practice, and in the all-girls’ school where she consults. She knew this had to be the topic of her new book.

Damour starts by addressing the facts about psychological pressure. She explains the surprising and underappreciated value of stress and anxiety: that stress can helpfully stretch us beyond our comfort zones, and anxiety can play a key role in keeping girls safe. When we emphasize the benefits of stress and anxiety, we can help our daughters take them in stride.  But no parents want their daughter to suffer from emotional overload, so Damour then turns to the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold: their interactions at home, pressures at school, social anxiety among other girls and among boys, and their lives online.

Available for purchase on Amazon: Hardcover: $16.74 ebook: $13.99

Please have book read prior to class in order to participate in book discussion on October 20. Information for Zoom meeting will be sent to you prior to class.

The Shared Shelf book club will have discussions the 3rd Wednesday of each month*. New books will be posted after each discussion date.

*Does not meet in the months of December, June, July, or August.