The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance

Hachette. May 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780306835377. $30. SELF-HELP
Consultant and accredited coach Brooke’s (host of the podcast Beyond the Self) guide to better communication contains well-researched and cogently analyzed observations about historical, scientific, and psychological factors that affecting people’s belief systems, carefully interspersed with clear, actionable prompts that recall her social media posts. She posits that when people become aware of and responsible for how they self-actualize, they can (and should) express themselves in ways that may not conform to the expectations of groups they belong to. Brooke envisions this book as a training space for the mind, where readers will learn how to stop playing it safe and practice being brave. She challenges readers to look at why and how they self-censor and breaks down some of the biological and social roots of conformity, offering new ways of looking at the reasoning behind the choices people make to fit into the discourses, communities, and systems they value.
VERDICT A valuable guidebook for navigating discomfort with a sense of safety and strength that defies binary thinking and encourages readers to express themselves in authentic yet circumspect ways.
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