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Giving away success : why women get stuck and what to do about it
Schenkel, Susan.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 1991.
Physical Description:
xv, 207 pages ; 21 cm
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Booklist Review

The revised edition of a 1984 book of the same name. Schenkel explains that the feedback she received at that time, as well as global and workplace changes, inspired her to tackle the subject again. Her basic premise is that women have a built-in self-defeating complex due to sex-role expectations and upbringing. She notes that women repeatedly denigrate their abilities, attributing success to luck, charm, or just hard work instead of intelligence and talent. Using "self-help strategies derived from behavioral psychology," Schenkel analyzes the reasons for inertia and recommends methods to overcome it, including concentration, tackling do-able, small tasks, and controlling the tendency to dwell on long-range, large-issue worries and fears. As in many self-help books, the case histories themselves are interesting, instructive, and encouraging. If you missed the original, or the old version is the worse for wear, you'll want this one. Notes; index. ~--Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

The author, a psychologist in private practice, has been a clinical instructor (psychiatry, Harvard Medical School). This updated edition ( LJ 7/84), with three additional chapters, is more than a how-to book. Rather, it examines the underlying causes of women's predisposition to stop short of success. The book covers those problem areas common to most women socialized by traditional standards of what it means to be ``feminine,'' e.g., confidence and assertiveness, control, mixed messages, luck versus ability. Although other books deal with ``winning,'' Schenkel's strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice. However success is defined, e.g., opening a business, getting a promotion, or leaving an abusive situation, this book offers a guide to it. Public libraries not having the first edition should certainly consider.-- Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.